H.E. President Kenyatta of Republic of Kenya on The Hive Beekeepers Kits for Rural Communities Economic Empowerment.
The Hive Group is a supplier of modern beekeeping equipment and beekeeping turn-key projects in Africa for large scale bee farms, outgrower bee schemes and smallholder beekeepers. It also partners with large scale coffee, fruit and vegetable growers to enhance quality and quantity of yields through improved pollination through stationary as well as migratory beekeeping.
Traditional beekeeping methods have been male oriented and have marginalized women. Defying this age-old custom, The Hive Group has successfully and sustainably managed to introduce beekeeping to women in Africa. The process has proved to be also helpful to attract youth to the sector. Women and youth are now inserted in the beekeeping value chain as they are provided with techniques, training and field support, and as they are offered a market with fair prices for their products.
One example of a simple step that can have great impact is the transfer of CAB hives already occupied by bees to the apiary sites, where it is convenient for women and youth to harvest honey without complications and danger of climbing trees, the traditional method. These CAB hives give women and youth the ability to produce six (6) times more than the traditional ways.
In addition, the Hive Group has set up some central stations for processing and packaging, thus creating added value already in the rural area where the collection of honey takes place.
The Hive emerged the best stand at the Kenya Livestock Producers Association’s (KPLA) Baringo Agribusiness Trade Fair. The event which was held at Marigat High School grounds showcased new technologies that help livestock producers in the country achieve better production and more income. The award was given by Governor of Baringo County Government, His Excellency, Hon. Benjamin Cheboi, EBS who was impressed about the good attendance and participation of his people in the event.
The Hive team was hosted to a dinner with county government top officials after the awards ceremony in appreciation for their important role in making the trade fair a resounding success by attracting most fair goes to its stand.
Rwandan beekeepers travelled to beekeeping best practices during a modern beekeeping training course in Kenya. The training which was part of one week study tour was co-sponsored by The Hive Group together with SNV Rwanda and organized jointly between The Hive Ltd, Kenya and The Hive Rwanda Ltd, the group’s two subsidiaries in Kenya and Rwanda respectively.
The tour which was conducted in the company’s apiaries in Masinga and Yatta in Eastern Kenya, was intended to show the beekeepers how to operate the CAB hive to achieve maximum yields of honey and other bee products. The farmers who were selected from the districts of Rubavu, Bugesera and Gicumbi benefited from the Api-Business development Project, a partnership between SNV Rwanda and The Hive Group aimed at shifting Rwandan beekeepers from traditional subsistence beekeeping to modern commercial beekeeping enterprises.
The trainees committed to follow good practices learned in their own enterprises so that they can harvest more honey sustainably and earn improved incomes from the company’s premium farm gate prices for the honey produced.
To date these team of beekeepers have become a very important source of practical knowledge amongst Rwandan beekeepers.
The Hive Limited emerged the overall winner at the 5th National Uganda Honey Week in Kampala. The event which was held at country’s capital city saw the company scoop the Best Exhibitor award overall as the best equipment supplier and manufacturer for the second year in a row.
The awards which were presented by the FAO’s Uganda Country Representative, Alhaji Jallow of FAO confirmed The Hive as the leading brand in beekeeping equipment and business model in Uganda. This year’s honey event was graced by Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali who read the Speech of the President H.E. Yoweri Museveni at the opening ceremony of the event which encouraged youth to venture into commercial beekeeping.
The Hive Ltd has launched a new modern bee hive that limits the use of nails!
One can carry the hive unassembled and assemble it onsite
This new hive enables one to carry large quantities of hives in a limites space of a car.
The hive can produce more than 10kgs of honey per harvest and we are grtting more than 5 times harvests in a good year.