Monday, November 8, 2010

Wild African Bees - Beekeeping Workshop

Last week we hosted another beekeeping workshop – 6 days of intensive training with Lesster Leow.  Participants came from Kirandongo (near Masindi), Rakai, Lwengo, and Wakiso districts, with 2 others coming from as far as Rwanda. 


Most of the training was done in the field where workshop participants were instructed in the safe handling of bees and proper apiary management.




It didn’t take long for participants to become comfortable in handling the bees.

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Training also included how to establish a new apiary and baiting of hives.087

A mixture of wax and propolis is applied to the hives.097

  A spot in the apiary is chosen and the hives are set up.


The hives are now ready to be colonized.


Several of the participants, like Mrs. Mutebi had never handled the aggressive African bee prior to the training.  079

The workshop concluded on day 6 with everyone having an opportunity to make a traditional Ugandan hive.304


Congratulations to all the participants who successfully completed the 6 day course!


Our next workshop will be held in March 2011 at the Timothy Centre near Masaka, Uganda.

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