Beekeeping in Africa

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FAO Agricultural Services Bulletin 68/6
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
Rome, 1990

Stephen O. Adjare
Apiculture Promotion Unit
Technology Consultancy Centre
University of Science and Technology
Kumasi, Ghana

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ISBN 92-5-102794-3

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Table of equivalencies
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Colony life and social organization

Organization of a bee colony
The queen
The drone
The worker
The annual biological cycle op the bee colony

Chapter 3 Anatomy of the honeybee
Chapter 4 Traditional and modern beehives and beekeeping equipment

Traditional hives
Modern rives
Advantages and disadvantages of frame and top-bar hives
Timber used for making beehives
Equipment required by the beekeeper

Chapter 5 Hive management - Part I

The apiary
Preparing the top-bar hive for installation
Installation of beehives
Capturing a swarm
Some common practices in apiary management
Bee stings

Hive management - Part II

Using the Langstroth frame
How to unite bees
Robbing and its prevention
Feeding bees

Chapter 6 Colony manipulation: honey and beeswax harvesting and extraction

Brood-nest control
Honey harvesting and what to look for
Honey and beeswax extraction
Some facts about honey

Chapter 7 The use of bees for pollination
Chapter 8 Adverse natural factors and pests

Natural conditions
Human activities
Natural enemies and posts
Bee friends

Chapter 9 Some bee diseases

Brood diseases
Adult bee diseases
Measures against spreading bee diseases

Chapter 10 Queen-rearing

Queen cells
Maintaining the cycle

Appendix: Some honeybee forage plants in the tropics and sub-tropics