In this Agrodok the authors describe different ways of beekeeping. The authors advise those intending to take up beekeeping to start by finding out how bees are being kept in their area. Experienced beekeepers with local knowledge of how to manage indigenous bees and the materials and techniques available to process their products are an important source of information.
Different types of hives are described as well as the factors that must be taken into account when choosing hive sites and hiving swarms. The equipment beekeepers need for feeding their bees and collecting bee products are described in detail. Particular attention is given to the diseases and pests that can destroy a colony and the importance of seasonal management to ensure sustainable production.
This Agrodok is a useful source of information for those working to improve community beekeeping practices.
Sample pages: Beekeeping in the tropics