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Beekeeping: A Practical Guide for Southern Africa

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By: Dominique Marchand and Jenny Marchand-Mayne

192 pages, line drawings

Jon Carpenter

Paperback | Sep 2005 | #173041 | ISBN: 0958456429
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About this book

Honeybees have been successfully farmed for thousands of years and their products are highly valued in the home and the market. Beekeeping is a comparatively low investment activity which requires only beehives, protective clothing and a few simple tools.

The honeybee is a natural resource (and as such is "free"), land ownership is unnecessary and there is no daily routine of feeding, watering and medicating. Along with the reward of a crop of honey and other useful hive products, the finest fruit, vegetables and seed result from bee pollination. This guide aims to: encourage and inspire potential beekeepers, whether weekend hobbyists, rural people, farm workers or entrepreneurs; promote the craft of beekeeping as a profitable and sustainable small to medium-sized business initiative; promote understanding of the organised and productive society of the honey bee; provide a store of useful data on bees and beekeeping, seasoned with a blend of interesting information and folklore; and advance a vigorous honey producing industry in southern Africa and, ultimately, the export of surplus hive products.


The honeybee in nature; about the honeybee; beekeeping kit and tools; apiary sites; beehives; beginning beekeeping; hive management; feeding bees; special management; queen rearing; bee plants; honey; supering and harvesting honey; honey extraction; costing and marketing honey; other hive products and their uses; beeswax; pollination; rural beekeeping; pests, diseases and other problems; other sources of information; beekeeping terms.

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