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THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO KEEP BEES. Bees pollinate a wide range of flowers and plants and, by so doing, provide the seed for the next harvest. Pollination services are an important source of income in the industrial countries, and the practice is gaining merit wherever commercial farming is encouraged. More practically, however, a colony of bees provides food and income for a family. Honey and wax find ready markets in local communities. Honey is the basis for a range of sweeteners, drinks, medicines and foods, and a well-managed hive can provide 30 kg or more annually. Wax is widely used as an industrial feedstock for candle-making, polish and other products. Bees can be kept wherever there is forage in towns or the country. You are never too old or too young to learn to work with bees.

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