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How to construct a smoker for beekeeping

The smoker is an essential tool for any beekeeper. Since long time ago, smoke has been used to calm down the bees when handling beehives. This technology describes the materials, tools and procedures needed to manufacture a smoker.

Propagation of Stingless Bees Using Coconut Shells

Coconut shells are used to make honey harvesting easy and to decrease mortality of young bees or brood. The usual way of harvesting honey from wild colonies destroys a large portion of the nest. The bees spend long time to mend the damaged nest. This problem is minimized by the method described here, where the coconut shell serves as the “honey chamber” equivalent to the honey super in modern bee hives. A major advantage of this method is that there is no need to relocate the nests, thus wild populations of bees are conserved. A coconut shell is simply added to an already established colony.

This technology is adapted from Bees for Development 2003, volume 67.

Use of Stingless Bees for Pollination

While the coconut shell technology is the easiest and cheapest way to propagate stingless bees, it may not be practical for inter-island transport for pollination of large plantation crops like mango. Thus, a suitable wooden hive was designed for this purpose. This technology explains how to build the wooden hive as well as the requirements for utilizing stingless bees for pollination.

Beekeeping: How to Keep Bees and Process Honey

Using the story of a beekeeper in South Western Uganda, who started with three traditional bee hives ten years ago and now has more than 100 hives
of different types, this brochure introduces to the advantages and the basic techniques of beekeeping and honey processing. It gives an overview of the (dis-) advantages of three different beehives (local woven, top-bar and Langstroth). It gives a detailed description of site selection, population of a hive, honey harvesting and processing. It also summarizes common problems in beekeeping and offers solutions.