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Honey production

Different types of hive

Bees naturally live in tree hollows or holes in rocks. Anyone who wants to keep bees needs to create a hive that they can take the honey from easily.

In Chimanimani, hives were traditionally made from local materials - bark joined into a cylinder, clay pots and woven grass or cane. The shape of the hives made them difficult to see into, so keepers often collected everything there, including larvae and pupae (the young bees). This meant that future bees were lost and the quality of honey was poor.

Today, more and more bee-keepers in Chimanimani are using one of two new designs:

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