From Honey to Money: A Guide for Bee-Lovers

Return On Investment (ROI) is essential to consider in every form of development you make into your business. With that being said, the ROI of apiculture is a topic of high interest to local beekeepers, as well as those involved in the agricultural sector. Beekeeping is often seen as a pastime rather than a source of income. Yet, it is also important to consider how we can leverage this under-appreciated business into one that attracts partnerships, with a shared objective of providing high-quality honey as a priority. With our passion and love for beekeeping we can turn it into a source of income, as there are also many benefits of doing this, for both bees and humans.

Boosting Sustainability

When done correctly and ethically, not only the bees will end up being happy, but us humans as well! Honeybees have a huge impact on the growth of agriculture production. Bees are now endangered and many beekeeping businesses treat bees very harshly. Our main goal is to set a standard for how honey should be harvested and how bees should be treated, which is with love and care. This is especially compelling for the global economy because sustainability is gradually becoming a priority for the way we work with natural resource distribution.

Looking from the perspective of quality, there is no shortcut to get grade A1 honey. It is a matter of hardwork & dedication, which ensures that the beekeepers are always harvesting with extreme care & caution. Keeping the best interest of the honeybees at the back of your mind, will gradually help you obtain products that are of a universal standard. Throughout the processes of inspecting, correcting and analysing a beehive, we are always looking to see how to boost the health of the hive in terms of pest control, frame replacements, colony numbers and nectar/pollen collection. This ensures that the bees are always active and achieving their maximum potential, not hindered by any disturbances.

Raising Awareness

“Killer bee” is the nickname African or “Africanized” bees have earned. African bees are hybrid species of the Western honey bees. However, as the name implies, they are unfortunately portrayed as hazardous stinging bugs. Their aggression is often a result of how they are approached. As a knowledgeable beekeeper, you must understand how to approach them, how to enter their hives, and really even how to present yourself. We have successfully completed extractions of wild honeybees that have given us two Carinolan Queen’s! This is a species of the honeybee that originated from areas as far as Slovenia, yet we have these two colonies here in Uganda, a country in Africa with a predominantly western honey bee species. This is extremely important in regards to future sustainability & awareness. At Nahl Apiculture, we strongly believe and have faith in teaching the misinformed masses of people that yes, bees are dangerous! However, with the right approach & care, it does not matter if the bee colony originated from the Northern, Eastern, Southern or Western side of the globe, they are manageable. The quality of the honey is reflected in the way it is harvested. The more people are aware of this, the more likely that the apiculture businesses that do not harvest honey correctly no longer dominate the global market.

Kicking Out The “FAKE” Honey Businesses

Yes, you read that right. Understanding the importance of sustainability and removing ignorance surrounding apiculture brings us to the main concern: the significant role “FAKE” honey businesses have to play in the ROI of beekeepers that genuinely care about honey quality and ethical harvesting. In other words, we want to put the unethical apiculture businesses out of business! When saying “fake” we’re referring to businesses that do not follow ethical standards, do not act according to their stated values, and ultimately do not harvest with care and respect the way that Nahl Apiculture does.

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