Friday, March 20, 2009

Honey Business

Honey is one of the most valuable products of the driest parts of Africa. The climate, diversity of flowering plants, and easy access to freshwater contributes to the large number of bees in Kenya, making it Africa's biggest honey producer. Bee keepers make their own hives by hollowing out large logs, and carefully laying down beeswax to guide bees in making their honeycombs in neat lines for easy removal. A coffee mesh is used to keep the queen bee away from the honeycombs to keep her from laying eggs in there. In 2008, 8 tons of raw honey were harvested by 40 bee keepers. Making profit on the honey, the bee keepers also sell candles made from the beeswax.
Source: AfriGadget