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Catching Swarms in Tanzania


#1

Hello Everyone,
I am doing some mission work in Musoma Tanzania and I’m really interested in including a flowhive for some extra income for some locals. I have a friend in Canada who has had great success with his. He ordered bees from New Zealand. I’m wondering if I should try attract local bees if I even can do that. Or is it possible to bring in bees from another country also? Any Information would be great.
Thanks


#2

Samuel,

I was sure how to answer you as I did not know any thing about raising bees in Tanzania. Reading several articles on the subject there is both tradition (in hollowed logs n clay jar or more modern beekeeping done in modified Langstroth hives.

Their is a group based in the capital I believe of Tanzania dedicated to helping new bees like yourself n native people enter into beekeeping. I do not know anything about this group but their Internet address is Africanbeekerping.com. There maybe others with expertise there but that was what I found in my research for you.

Apis millifera bees are most commonly used but on article mention other stinging n non-stinging bees can be suitable for local beekeeping.

Wild badgers n stinging ant are a couple of the issues raising bees in Africa (your area) … These bees seem to be free of many diseases we encounter in the U.S. n other countries like Australia, England n Europe.

I hope this help you on your way n eventually get you on with your beekeeping project.

Good luck,
Gerald.


#3

It’s probably better to use local bees if you can. The Flow Hive is designed for use by Apis mellifera, so if you can get EHB’s in Tanzania?