Beekeeping is one of the alternative sources of income of farmers in Big Babanki. The importance of bees is not only significant to farmers but also to plants and trees too. Bees in Big Babanki region are endangered by forest fires and the traditional way of honey harvesting. 80% of farmers prefers the traditional way of honey harvesting in the forest chasing bees out with firebrands killing the whole colony causing forest fires and puting themselves in danger. SATEC organisation support the local beekeepers in their effort to build their own apiaries and develop the skills of modern sustainable beekeeping. During the training the beekeepers are thought of smoker usage, protective suit, gloves and boots, suistainable harvesting methods and the collection of the all hive products.
Since 2002 the organisation has trained over 600 beekeeper in Big Babanki and another places. Many of them adopt the aquired knowledge into practice which increased awarness of modern beekeeping and production of honey and other hive product in the region.
Fruit tree promotion-
Cultivation of fruit trees and fruit production is another alternative source of income for farmers in Big Babanki. SATEC organisation train people on sustainable method of cultivating trees for instance grafting, pruning, marcoting etc.
Tree planting and tree nurseries
Tree planting and protection of the forest is at the center of SATEC activities. The forest in the Bamenda region is the water reservoir for whole Cameroon and at least one quarter of Nigeria and its significance for the life in the area is irreplaceable. Beside that, our forest is a home for large amount of endemic spiecies of animals (chimpanzees, toracus bird add etc). In the last one hundred years the forest has been reduced to 3% of its original size mainly because of vast deforestration in order to gain new pastures and farmland. SATEC organisation with the support individuals and NGOs from abroad have been of great assistance in combatting these unfriendly activities. During the last decade SATEC has invited large number of voluteers working for the project mainly from the Czech republic and Poland. SATEC has been in contact with many European universities that support of forest conservation, SATEC has trained close to 1000 of local people on tree propagation. Ernest Vunan himself has planted more than 400 thousand of trees.
market gardening has its importance not only as an alternative source of income but as the way how to prevent futher deforestation. Efficient use of agricultural land is another field in which SATEC has taken part in. Local farmers are trained on how to choose the best place for their patches, building of garden nurseries, effective watering, composting, fertilization, and usage of home animals dropings and the best time for planting and harvesting.
The organisation SATEC started with this type of training in 2003 has trained so far about 500 local farmers. Because of these training large number of farmers are now using their soil effectively and deforestration has slowed down.
Proper information and education is considered as a key factor of future prosperity and conservation of the forest. SATEC organizes trainings in large scale of activities for adults and youths as well. We support local school with teaching materials and computers in order to make the whole teaching process more effective and raise the new generation fully aware on the importance of the forest. Thanks to teachers from department of ecology Charles University in Prague we were able to support the science laboratory of GHS Kedjom Keku. Currently we have started a project that aims at creating computer laboratories in local schools. For five years, SATEC with the help John Demarco and the sister spent two million francs each year to pay the school fees for selected best science students within the Sub Division.