Beekeeping is a widespread activity with a wealth of existing local knowledge and skills. The addition of a little technical information, however, can lead to greatly improved harvests of honey and beeswax. There are many ways to assist honey hunters or beekeepers to build on their resources to create more income by harvesting and processing honey more skilfully, and to obtain better prices by saving and selling beeswax and by making secondary products.
Beekeepers and trainers often lack appropriate training materials – most of the literature discusses keeping European bees in temperate zone conditions. Training is often theoretical rather than practical, placing emphasis on changing the type of hive used without providing practical guidance and follow up. New beekeepers need training in how to work with bees, how to maintain honey quality, how to separate honey from beeswax, how to render beeswax, how to manufacture secondary products and how to make beekeeping clothes and equipment. For more on training in Uganda visit Ground Zero Project Uganda