Commercial bee-keeping can be practiced in many parts of the world – either on a low budget or with sophisticated technology, according to bee-keepers and entrepreneurs Jenny and Dominique Marchand who have developed many retail and wholesale aspects of the business.
They offer training, a wide range of beekeeping equipment and franchise op Commercial bee-keeping can be practiced in many parts of the world – either on a low budget or with sophisticated technology, according to bee-keepers and entrepreneurs Jenny and Dominique Marchand who have developed many retail and wholesale aspects of the business.
They offer training, a wide range of beekeeping equipment and franchise opportunities of their own business, the Honeybee Foundation & Products, to interested entrepreneurs in any part of the world and with costs tailored according to available budgets.
If an entrepreneur’s budget allows it, the Marchands will provide on-the-spot training. For smaller budgets or far-off clients they have produced a video which shows how to:
According to Dominique Marchand, bee-keeping as an enterprise or hobby is suitable for anyone with some interest in bees and in a region where wild swarms of bees occur.
It need not be an expensive undertaking. Although a good, wooden beehive costs around $65, low budget entrepreneurs can make these themselves with whatever material is available locally (e.g. cardboard, clay, plastic crates).
Another way of cutting costs is to buy equipment in unassembled form. This effects a saving of 30% to 40%, says Marchand. Assembling the knocked-down equipment also provides employment for the community of the bee-keeper.
Besides hives, basic equipment needed for commercial bee-keeping includes protective clothing, smokers, frames and honey tanks.
The harvest from bee-keeping is not restricted to beeswax and culinary honey. A range of hair and skin care as well as apitherapy products is based on the properties of honey, beeswax, royal jelly, propolis and bee collected pollen. Mead, liqueur, beer and confectionery made with honey are suitable home industry products.
A book with an original and practical approach on bee-keeping will be published in 2001. The book is useful for all, from beginner and hobby bee-keepers to commercial operators, according to co-author Dominique Marchand.
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