GIS – 16 November 2018: Some sixteen beneficiaries of the Social Register of Mauritius, of the region of Olivia who followed a bee-keeping training, were awarded a certificate and offered a start-up kit, yesterday, during a ceremony held at the Community Centre of Olivia, in presence of the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr. Alain Wong, and other personalities.
In his address, Minister Wong highlighted that in line with Government’s endeavour to usher the country in a new social paradigm to lay the foundation for an inclusive and equitable society, several activities are being conducted in the context of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2018. These, he said, aim at eradicating poverty in all its forms by providing the poor and vulnerable with the necessary assistance to uplift their living conditions, improve their life chances and enable their economic empowerment.
Moreover, the Minister emphasised that Government is providing the necessary support to the needy through the provision of training for the acquisition of skills and knowledge for them to undertake income earning activities in order to achieve financial stability and independence. He elaborated on the benefits of the bee-keeping training that will enable the participants to engage in honey production, hence providing a sustainable income source requiring only low-cost investment.
As regards, the children’s playground which was inaugurated on that occasion, Minister Wong indicated that the project which is an initiative of the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF) is geared towards promoting the development and welfare of children in a safe and conducive environment. In addition, the Minister spoke about the drug scourge and prevalence of delinquency which, he said, requires parents to act as role models to inculcate good values to their children so that they do not engage in such illegal activities.
The training has been provided by the Ministry of of Agro-Industry and Food Security and has been conducted for three and a half days with one session of practical performed on the field.
The start-up kit was provided to the beneficiaries by the NEF which includes the overall protective jacket with hat and veil and basic beekeeping equipment such as bee hive tool, bee hive smoker, bee brush, colony and beehives.
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