Did you know bee venom is more expensive than gold? Savannah Honey helps you realise that

for Tv47 Digital March 21, 2023, 12:29 PM

Money is in honey; don't let your land stay idle - invest in contractual beekeeping.

There are few investment opportunities that you cannot go wrong. One of them is modern beekeeping.

Honey is five times more expensive than oil and its demand is increasing not only in Africa itself but all over the world. Priced at between $5-$11 (Ksh500-Ksh1,400), one kilo of honey in Kenya costs five times what a litre of petrol does .And in the Arab market, a jar of honey can fetch almost double this amount ($15-$25).

It is a price tag that has honey producers all over the world salivating.

Since independence, Kenya has had deficit in honey production which leads to over 80% of honey processed in Kenya being imported from Tanzania while there is a lot of potential for beekeeping in the country.

In fact, leading honey producers in Africa such as Ethiopia, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe have the same favourable climatic conditions for beekeeping as Kenya.

Bee-keeping in Kenya has been practiced traditionally for many years. However, only 20% of the country’s honey production potential (estimated at 100,000 metric tonnes) has been tapped.

Many farmers in Kenya are yet to commercialize honey production as the sector is still regarded as a preserve of the poor. This has been the case while there is a huge market for the product in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Savannah Honey; exploiting beekeeping

One of the leading beekeeping companies in Africa, Savannah Honey has launched a subsidized national beekeeping promotion programme dubbed “Don’t let your land stay idle” targeting 7,000 clients across the country.

Through this programme the company shall:

1. Deliver and install Langstroth hives at a special price of Kshs.5, 500 per hive instead of the normal price of kshs 6,500.

2. Provide technical support services including colony division, colony strengthening and requeening free of charge to our clients. To make this effective, the company has deployed apiarists across the country who can serve clients within 24 hours whenever need arises.

3. Manage the apiaries for the clients.

4. Provide free training to the clients

5. Provide land on lease to clients who might not have land but they are interested in modern beekeeping.

6. Provide the clients with a 5-year contract for the market of the Honey @ 500 per kg,Propolis @1,900 per kg , bee pollen @6,800 per kg, royal jelly @38,000 per kg ,wax @700 per kg and Bee Venom @4000 per gram.

Speaking during the launch of the program at Savannah Honey beekeeping centre in Utawala Nairobi, the C.E.O of Savannah Honey Kyalo Mutua said that Kenya’s potential in beekeeping has never been exploited leading to Kenya importing around 80% of the honey consumed in the country and, over 95% of all Bee pollen, propolis and bee venom used in the country being imported.

"Through this programme we shall enable our clients utilize their idle land enabling them earn extra income," Kyalo said.

He encourages people to invest in beekeeping because it’s an investment that one can never go wrong if they check against the black ants and honey badgers. Again it’s an investment that doesn’t require any input and labour. It’s not time consuming and it has very high returns with honey now retailing at kshs 800 per kg, Bee pollen at kshs6,800 per kg, propolis kshs 1,900 per kg and bee venom at ksh 4,000 per gram.

Savannah Honey is Africa’s professional beekeeping solution provider with a highly qualified professional team in the latest Apiary Management techniques. These techniques include:

• Colony Splitting

• Colony Strengthening

• Colony Division

• Requeening

• Colony multiplication

• Venom harvesting

• Propolis harvesting

• Royal jelly harvesting

According to the C.E.O of Savannah Honey Mr. Kyalo, many clients after installing their hives leave them to fate thus leading to many hives being uncolonized even for years or end up having weak colonies. Many beekeepers never mind the health of their queens leading to dormancy, sickling or aging queens.

Conventional costs for these Techniques per hive are very high for example; Colony division which is a technique of making a new queen ranges from 9,000 – 12,000/= ,but Savannah Honey ltd produces all these techniques to their clients free of charge in addition to free delivery of the hives to their farms at no cost.

               Call Savannah Honey -0724052975, 0721965337

                         Email; [email protected],

                         Website; www.savannahhoney.org

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