Bee Keeping


What do I need to know about bee keeping with wise women Uganda?
Message from director to beekeepers.

As it is said “As busy as a bee”, you will discover that bees are naturally very industrious! They are so hard working to see it that they gather nectar into their hive. Their lifespan is of approximately 35 days, after which their wings wear out and they can no longer engage in any communal activity until they finally die.

The honey that bees store is supposed to help them during critical time when the number of flowers in their environment has lessened. Actually, you will discover that stimulated bees produce much more than what they can eat. It is at such times that beekeepers harvest large quantities of honey.

There are two categories of honey. Firstly the honey sold by beekeepers (wise women Uganda is collected from the hives and it is in liquid form. On using centrifuge equipment which is popularly referred to as extractors, beekeepers can then remove the various honeycombs.

Secondly, the honey can be sold in its original combs as here is a largely available market that prefers to consume such. Such honey is not fully processed for use, but for those who prefer natural, this is an added extra.

Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the various flavors and colors of honey on the market. Just like different flowers have different scents, so is it with the nectar from the various scented flowers. Also, the type of soil highly determines the scent or the smell of honey. Additionally, the soil type affects the color/appearance of the honey. For example, honey collected from the nectar of the alfalfa flowers that usually grow in alkaline or dry soils is usually close to white or rather clear. And that which is collected from the buckwheat nectar that grows in the acidic soils is very dark. Furthermore, the quality of the honeycombs affects the honey’s color, taste, and appearance. So don’t be surprised if you come across red or green honey in addition to the usual golden.

Every beekeeper should comply with the regulations and rules that are established by the state. It is also recommended to cross check if there are any legal rules regarding the honey processing, handling or labeling processes. Normally different countries have different rules that apply to the production & processing process of bee products. Keep in mind that anyone who keeps bees for commercial purposes automatically is recognized by the state as a business.

Beekeepers should keep in mind the different market strategies. This will help them while selling honey plus other bee products. The most important questions that every beekeeper should ask himself or herself are: where to sell their honey, and who are their target customers. Today there are a variety of activities that people engage in as hobbies but the most rewarding of all is beekeeping. So always endeavor to expand on your business. We conduct regular workshop teaching setting up and establishing a beekeeping business, honey, and beehive products production and hands-on bee handling with classroom theory in interactive presentations, videos and exercises followed up with apiary practicals.

As we the wise women Uganda have come up to teach the community the advantages of bee Hive keeping to our women because it helps to improve their livelihood and because we use these products of honey in many ways we use as Medicine, bee wax for production of Shea shelves, tripoli’s for a cure, candles, etc.

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