Water in riverbeds (“marigots”) is drying out.

Aquaponics

Each month we buy smoked fish to add to the meal of the students at the LAP. So we are looking at solution to have our own fish farm at the LAP.

To raise fish, water is needed. Most systems require a lot of water which is then disposed of. This water can be used to fertilize some land, but the volume of water needed is rather important.

Another technique is to have a system with circulating water, the water coming out of the fish tank can be used to grow vegetables.

Water is not readily available in Burkina, so this solution looks goods if it works.

We will try to set up one of this system in our office in Bobo Dioulasso. The balance between number / size of fish and nutrient for plants is key to this system.

We can find all the material needed for this prototype in Burkina. Only the water pump needs to be brought in. If the project works we will set it up at the LAP. It will be a training set up for the students and a production of fish and vegetable.

Vincent, a young Frenchman arriving this Sunday, is here to help us with this project. We will let you know how it develops.

Beekeeping at the LAP

Harvest for honey is approaching. Timing for harvest changes each year based on the timing of when the trees blossom. Soro, our expert in beekeeping is going through the villages to look at the amount of honey in the hives. Sometimes, if the hive is too full, the old queen will swarm out of the hives with a group of bees.

This Saturday I went with Soro to the LAP where we have 22 hives. We had seen swarms in trees and we also wanted to move a swarm which had found lodging between the roof and the ceiling in the storage room of our workshop. It has been there for at least 2 years and creates problems every time we move around this area.

Sorry for the poor quality of the picture, but it is not easy to adjust setting when you have big protecting gloves. We have set up a hive nearby in order to capture the swarm.

We had a big surprise when we saw the quantity of honey produced by this swarm, around 40 kg of raw honey.

We also looked at 2 hives to see the amount on honey available. It looks good and we will harvest next week. We might be able to make a second harvest in April since there are still plenty of flowers in the fields.

Students, Soro and one teacher

One bar with honey, with some closed cells.

Along the road

Blue crow with scary eyes

Locust beans or néré

Guiera senegalensis is one of the most popular west African medicinal plants.

Citations of the week

“it is always the idiots who win. They outnumber us!” Frederic Dard

“Psychiatrists are very efficient. Before I was wetting my bed and I was ashamed. I went to see a psychiatrist, now I am cured. I am still wetting my bed, but I am proud of it.” Coluche

Have  a good week.

Hervé

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