Beekeeping in rural development
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CTA. 1990. Beekeeping in rural development. Spore 27. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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promotional brochure 'Beekeeping in Rural Development'
With financial assistance from CTA, the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) has produced a promotional brochure 'Beekeeping in Rural Development'. The brochure briefly reviews the potential for beekeeping in Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean, Asia and the Americas and summarizes the main techniques practiced in each region. The different species of honey bee and their comparative advantages are described as are the differing designs of hive, which range from the hollow log to frame hives. Beekeeping has many attractions for rural farmers. Bees do not require daily attention and beekeeping does not take up valuable land or time which would have been spent on other farming activities. It can be practiced by males and females of all age groups and it helps generate self-reliance. Beekeeping associations or cooperatives can encourage contacts between rural people. Although honey is the major product, also important are beeswax, the bees' role as pollinators and the very high value royal jelly and propolis. Royal Jelly and propolis are high-value commodities but their exploitation requires skilled techniques and sophisticated technology which puts their production out of reach of the majority of rural farmers in developing countries. To make the most of apiculture beekeepers can benefit from the comprehensive information service offered by IBRA on all aspects of beekeeping, practical and scientific. Indeed, IBRA offers advice to all concerned with apiculture in the widest sense: beekeepers, agriculturists, the food industry, government departments, rural development personnel, botanists and foresters. 'Beekeeping in Rural Development 'provides guidance on where beekeeping can be practiced and what is needed to set up such a project: bees, hives, protective clothing and other basic equipment. Advice is also available on beekeeping projects including group activities for beekeepers, increasing production from planting suitable 'melliferous' vegetation, improving quality, disease control, marketing of products, as well as the effects of pesticide misuse. Essentially this is a 'starter' publication that will tell would-be and practicing beekeepers and project planners where to find further, more detailed, information. Much of that information will also be available from IBRA through its extensive library, experienced permanent staff, and its representatives in 50 countries. International Bee Research Association 18 North Road - Cardiff CF1 3DY, UK