KY ADT Visits Kapisa DAIL, Inspects Hives

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By Sgt 1st Class Peter Ferrell/86th IBCT Public Affairs

U.S. Army Capt. Bobbie Mayes, women's empowerment coordinator for the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team, shakes the hand of Sulhaila Kohistani, director of women's affairs for the Kapisa Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, here July 6. Mayes, a Lawrenceburg, Ky., resident, and Kohistani inspected the bee hive project and discussed future projects such as growing mushrooms, saffron and soybeans. These projects are aimed toward widows, poor women and women who want to venture into business on their own.

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan(July 20, 2010)

 — The Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team visited the Kapisa Director of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock to check on the progress of their bee hive project here, July 6.

The bee hive project, which was started in 2009 by the ADT to help provide women with a source of income from the sale of honey, was inspected by U.S. Army Capt. Bobbie Mayes, women’s empowerment coordinator for the KY ADT, and Sulhaila Kohistani, the DAIL director of women’s affairs.

 “The hives have grown better this year than last year, and the sale of honey looks very promising,” said Kohistani. She recently sent two jars to India for testing in hopes of creating a new market for the sale of their honey. Mayes, a Lawrenceburg, Ky., resident started learning the art of keeping bees as a 3-year-old with her father in Frankfort, Ky. With her experience, she had a few suggestions to improve the hives.

“A quick coat of white paint to the outside of the hives would prevent moisture from getting into the wood and causing mold on the inside,” she said.

U.S. Army Capt. Bobbie Mayes, women's empowerment coordinator for the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team, examines the condition of a bee hive at the Kapisa Director of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock. The Kentucky ADT made a trip to check on the development of the bee hive project, which was started by the previous ADT in 2009. The project is aimed at providing a source of income for women through the sale of the honey produced by the bees. Mayes, a Lawrenceburg, Ky., resident started learning the art of bee keeping as a 3-year-old alongside her father and maintains her own hive near her office on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

Mayes also explained how bees don’t like dark colors and that a keeper should not wear dark clothes around the hives. “I remember seeing my father run once from the bees because he had on dark clothes,” she said. Mayes and Kohistani discussed the possibility of other agricultural projects that could be started to benefit women such as growing saffron, mushrooms and soy beans. Kohistani wants to direct these projects to three types of women: widows, the poor and those who want to venture into their own business.

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