AIMC has sponsored two pilot-projects in bee-keeping in Gadabay since 2008. The company organized consultation-meetings for local bee keepers in several villages with Javid Aliyev, an experienced bee-keeping specialist. On 15 January 2009 AIMC organized a workshop on the problems of bee keeping in the region with participation of 60 bee keepers where the first pilot project intended to offer solutions to the problems was launched.
In February 2009, Latif Latifov, a renowned bee keeper of Azerbaijan, who at the same time owns the country’s biggest bee keeping farm, joined the project. The company organized inspection tours with Latifov of 30 farms in 14 villages between 10 and 12 February, who consulted the local bee keepers. The outcome of the project was that five leading bee keepers were selected and sent to Balaken region for a training course on “Farming of Queen Bee and Its Artificial Reproduction” taught by Hasan Dallayev, a well-known specialist. Upon completing the training the five bee keepers were granted as a two-year interest-free loan, a hundred boxes of bees valued at total of 5,000 AZN.
AIMC launched its second pilot project in 2010, which was the establishment of a Bee Keeping Academy, a first such school in the region. The Academy began the trainings on 5 May, which were lead by Latifov, Valeh Gadimov and Rafig Nagiyev, a local veterinarian and well-known beekeeper. Gadimov, himself, a renowned specialist, is a recipient of Azerbaijan’s Presidential Order for Achievement. The company sponsored the publication of Gadimov’s book on Foundation of Bee Keeping, which now is used as a textbook in the Academy. 32 individuals attended the first training courses, of which 28 successfully graduated on 20 July.
On their request, AIMC granted 65 boxes of bees valued at total of 8,000 AZN as a 28-months interest-free loan to the twenty graduates.