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Beekeeping Workshop Creates A Buzz At BCF


Export Saint Lucia’s CEO, Sunita Daniel, along with team members, conducted a comprehensive review on January 16, 2024, of the resounding success achieved during Phase One of the Apiculture Project at the Bordelais Correctional Facility.

Initiated in 2022 in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the groundbreaking Apiculture Project engaged seven female inmates in an enriching beekeeping workshop, providing them with valuable skills, opportunities for personal growth and rehabilitation.

The recent visit by the Export Saint Lucia team underscored the commendable achievements of Phase One and laid the foundation for the eagerly anticipated implementation of Phase Two.

“We’re set to supply additional hives to the Bordelais Correctional Facility. Moreover, a branding and marketing initiative is in the pipeline. Soon, St. Lucia can expect to find honey-branded products on supermarket shelves and for export, originating from the Bordelais Correctional Facility. The goal is to equip inmates with agricultural and entrepreneurial skills that will reduce the likelihood of recommitting once they leave the prison” remarks Sunita Daniel, Chief Executive Officer of Export Saint Lucia.

Phase Two of the Apiculture Project is set to be a transformative extension, focusing on the expansion of training initiatives and the conversion of raw honey into high-value products.

This strategic move aligns with Export Saint Lucia’s ambitious journey to substantially boost exports of local honey.

Officials at the Bordelais Correctional Facility expressed strong endorsement for the Apiculture Project, acknowledging its positive impact on the participating inmates and recognizing the potential for broader community benefits.

SOURCE: Export Saint Lucia. Invest Saint Lucia CEO Sunita Daniel (Second from right) with BCF Management.

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  1. There are so many byproducts of honey, such as soap, lip balm, lotion or body butter, and of course, the honey can be used for baking, and making drinks. Honey can also be used instead of sugar.

  2. Honey is a natural antibiotic and antimicrobial. And it NEVER goes bad. Just a few of the benefits of natural honey. Local honey is so delicious!

  3. Beekeeping at the BCF will make prison life sweeter so that’s what the buzz is about. Lol

  4. I felt that the BCF should be executing skilled programs lead by skill and talented individuals because many of the inmates there were lacking the guidance from childhood days, lacking so many parameters that led them astray. At present they have touch rocked bottom some are willing to change while some just changing their clothing. All inmates should be put to work regardless of, if they have to be pinned to a pole or some degree of monitoring device that will tranquilize them, if they go out of paraments define by the facility, (we are in a technological age) have them to walk through a door that detects metal object that will put them in a coma instantly (let mary francis bark how much she wanted). Its hell on earth so either they work to feed themselves and to put money in the treasury to educate their kids that they left behind, having their mother to do unethical things for survival. You cannot let these ppl slide… follow Japan jail system formula you’ll see 1st hand how it works so systematic.


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