Apiarist Wanted...

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Apiarist Wanted...

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Does anyone know of a bee-keeper on the West Bank ?...'cheers..... 8)


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Yes I was talking with someone who keeps bees only last night . Ive emailed you.
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Try The Boss he had about 90 hives on his farm. :up
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Mad Dilys wrote:Try The Boss he had about 90 hives on his farm. :up
Has he ? time for a visit to the Bear then...cheers!..... 8)
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Bear sounds so much nicer than the Boss, I'll remember that one. :up
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Re: Apiarist Wanted...

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Interesting. Thanks.

Bees and agricultural pollination. Bees and how they survive mono cultural farming. Bees and how they survive agricultural chemicals. Who knows the full Egypt story.

In simple terms its a low capital way to make exceptional money without the cost of owning land and smart farmers, few of these, know the benefits to their plants of a large bee population - particularly citrus but much more. Great export potential , simple processing/bottling techniques and high profits - for careful and intelligent bee keepers. The health angles to honey are clear and proven.

My point but 10's of millions are spent and hundreds of overseas staff employed to flog tourism and things that no one in the west wants but there is nothing to help farmers prepare export products let alone use government agencies to promote them. I reckon honey is one of the few farm products to remain unchanged and still valuable after decades.
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Interesting post thanks...
I'm thinking along the mono cultural farming method.
Bees, roof = honey... 8)
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A hive of bees in close proximity to your house...it could end in stings!
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My next door neighbour in the UK discovered a huge bees nest when he re-roofed his house it weighed about 20 kilos. They had lived there for over 30 years and they had no idea it was there!


If they have a clear flight path home you should be ok except when inevitably they swarm - better to anticipate that.


Uncle George told me when we were centrifuging honey "If you want to keep bees, study hard and then when you think you will be competent then do it for another year before you start"


PS On the West Bank there isn't a continuous supply of nectar bearing flowers - but fortunately dates ripen at that time and bees will often help themselves to very ripe dates. It does make the honey very dark in colour and has a unique but not unpleasant taste. :up
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Post by HEPZIBAH »

Who2, you have an apiarist in the family. Perhaps you should be seeking his knowledge on beekeeping and honey production.

Years ago there used to be fulltime bee keeping courses at the local agricultural college. Always popular, you could say it was a hive of activity. :P
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Don't they keep bees at the Monastery near Habu, they always have their own honey on sale.
I at the moment have a large tin of Datca special honey, very tempted by it but it was bought as a present and has yet to be delivered.
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carrie wrote:Don't they keep bees at the Monastery near Habu, they always have their own honey on sale.
I at the moment have a large tin of Datca special honey, very tempted by it but it was bought as a present and has yet to be delivered.
You just keep your paws off it Carrie!!! I shall find out if you scoff it!!
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Re: Apiarist Wanted...

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I had forgotten about the bee keepers at the Habu monastery. I remember now that Shannaz used to go there and bring back the honey at a certain time of year.
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