Bees for Development Journal Edition 90 - March 2009

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ENHANCING INCOME

DOES BEEKEEING ENHANCE RURAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME IN BOTSWANA? O Thelo and N

V Sebina

JOYCE LEPUTU

Joyce P Lepetu,

Botswana, the beekeeping section reported 222 individual beekeepers with 232 colonies, 85 beekeeping clubs with 86 colonies, 40 government demonstration apiaries with 97 colonies and 16 beekeeping groups with 24 bee colonies. Table 1 shows that 73 bee colonies produced 2,578 kg of comb honey, which generated sales of BWP36,930 (US$4,560; €3,363) during the honey flow period of October 2000 to July 2001. Table 2 lists the main problems encountered by by the beekeepers

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Table 1. Honey production inventory, October 2000 to July 2001 Name

No of

colonies

(47 beekeepers interviewed)

Average kg of}

Price

Sales

honey

per kg

(BWP)

harvested

honey|

(BWP)

Kg

of}

per hive

Individual beekeepers

47

Beekeeping clubs

19

Government apiaries

Total

1,741

37

Table 2. Problems for Gaborone region beekeepers

Problem Robbed by humans

Attack by bee pirate (insect predator) 15

26,118

Absconding Lack of management skills

7

487

350

25

35

15

10

7,312

3,500

2,578

36,930

Above right: A clay house provides shade for up to 40 top-bar hives Below: Traditional grass thatched, clay houses are built from local materials and are good for shading hives in hot semi-arid areas like Botswana

2|

% 11

15]

32

6]

12

37 | 78

Absconding by drought effects

O|

0

Insufficient bee forage

4|

9

33]

70

6]

13

25|

53

Insufficient visits by beekeeping personnel

Attack by wax moth

73

No of beekeepers}

Attack by ants

The whole article Potential of the beekeeping industry enhancing rural household incomes in Botswana is on the \nformation Centre of the BfD website