Some of the Bongo Wildlife Clubs and Communities have commenced bee – keeping as a potential income generation project. One of the most important considerations is the flowering calendar for your overall bee keeping plan.
There are a number of considerations before communities start, beekeeping is not always appropriate for some locations and groups.
Here are some considerations:-
- Visit a best practice bee keeping site and make contact with local expertise from your area.
- To do this contact Ministry of Agriculture or Kenya Forest Service or other beekeeping groups.
- What type of hive is most appropriate, an example is a Long Sloth Hive – see below.
- Placement of beehive:- in protected area safe from predators, close to flowers, near water.
- Are bees colonized, safe, disease free and building honey combs correctly
- Do the bees need additional fruits and water, particularly if drought conditions
- Planning the most appropriate time to start a colony, when to harvest based on maximizing climate and flowering conditions.
- Protective Clothing – all over. Be safe.
- Go with a partner.
- Work quickly and quietly.
- Open Hives when temperature is cool.