Beekeeping—Part two: A home for your bees

| February 8, 2016

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This week’s story from Togo talks about beekeeping, which is also the subject of our Script of the week.

Beekeeping is easy and doesn’t require expensive equipment or a lot of land. Bees don’t need much care, will work hard for you, and can be kept almost anywhere.

Thousands of farmers around the world keep bees. Farmers can sell the honey and wax that bees make to earn extra money. And bees pollinate crops. This means that if you keep bees on or close to your farm, you will probably increase your crop yields.

One of the first things you’ll need to do if you decide to keep bees is to get or make a hive. A hive is the bees’ home. It is the place where they take care of their young, build their wax comb, and store honey. The hive also protects bees from the rain, cold, wind, and pests.

There are many different types of hives. Some are simple to build, while others require more equipment and experience to make. You will want to choose a bee hive that makes it easy for bees to produce a lot of honey. At the same time, it should be a structure that makes it easy for you to harvest the honey.

This script talks about two simple types of hives, and gives some basic instructions on making these simple hives with materials that are readily available.