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Practical hive making

There are many possibilities of hive choices and the writer firmly believes that to be able to use beekeeping as a tool for poverty alleviation it has to be done on a large enough scale. This should be a minimum of 10 hives owned per beekeeper with 20 being a better number as it will allow for low colonisation rates.  However, in order to achieve this size of operation the beekeeper has to pursue an appropriate investment programme. The writer believes that this must start with being capable of constructing the hives and being able to do this at a reasonable cost. This is how traditional beekeepers work as they are well able to construct grate numbers of fixed comb hives made out of freely available local materials.  There are so many different designs of hives and materials that they are made from worldwide that only a few types can be considered here. However, in general it should be considered that frame hives will not be easy for an ordinary beekeeper to construct and this fact can potentially encourage dependency or debt.


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Gregory, P. 2009. Basic African Beekeeping Manual. FERA. UK. available free on application. click here to request copy of book.


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