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Keeping Bees as a Business.

Many people fear bees. The painful sting that the bees can inflict on someone is the reason for this fear. There is however much love for the honey that the bees produce. It has therefore forced man and even animals to risk being stung just to get the reward of tasting the sweet golden honey produced by the bees. The sweetness of the honey has moved people to keep the bees in hives.

Beekeeping involves keeping an entire colony of bees usually in manmade bee hives. The art of beekeeping is also known as apiculture. The reason why people keep bees is the very many benefits that come from the little but magnificent creatures. The uses of honey to man are numerous. It has medicinal values and is therefore used to cure and prevent some diseases and conditions. There are also other products produced by the bees that can be of use to us. From the bees we can get beeswax, royal jelly and propolis which also known as bee glue. The bees can also be useful to farmers because they help in pollinating the crops. There are also instances where bees are kept so that they are sold to other farmers.

Beekeeping started many years ago. There are depictions that date up to ten thousand years ago showing humans collecting honey from wild bees. The actual domestication of the bees is evidenced in Egyptian art from around four thousand five hundred years ago. The hives used to keep the bees and the jars used for the honey from these ages were very simply in their design. These days research has made it possible to understand bees and thereby paving way for beehive designs that are friendly to the bees and allows harvesting without destroying the entire colony.

These days beekeeping has been adapted to the conditions of the environment in which the bees are kept. Beehives are constructed to suit the environment and to allow the farmer ease of access to the products they are interested in. However as a farmer it is prudent that you invest in a wide range of beekeeping supplies to ensure that you are able to carry on with the activities of the farm.

A beekeeping suit is one of the supplies that is a must have in bee farming. The bees will always try to fend you off from the bee hive by stinging you and so the bee suits will give you the much needed protection. So it is important that you get into a store and check out the supplies that will make your farming easier. After all who wants to get stung in this age because they didn't wear the readily available protection.

  
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