Savannah Honey uses Langstroth hives to impact the lives of bee farmers in Kenya
langstroth hive: The traditional beekeeping has had several challenges which have discouraged many people from practicing beekeeping.
Savannah Honey has been using the langstroth hive for the last 7 years to impact the lives of our clients.
We are currently working with over 3,000 farmers across East Africa. We mobilise, train. provide technical support to the clients including colony division for the uncolonised hives and 6 year contract for the marketing of the honey.
We are currently recruiting new farmers who want to utilize their idle land and increase their incomes.
Langstroth hive is a vertically modular beehive that has the key features of vertically hung frames, a bottom board with entrance for the bees, boxes containing frames for brood and honey (the lowest box for the queen to lay eggs, and boxes above where honey may be stored) and top cap to provide weather protection. In a Langstroth hive, the bees build honeycomb into frames, which can be moved with ease. The frames are designed to prevent bees from attaching honey combs where they would either connect adjacent frames, or connect frames to the walls of the hive. The movable frames allow the beekeeper to manage the bees in a way which was formerly impossible.
ADVANTAGES OF THE LANGSTROTH HIVE
- It produces the highest amount of honey
- There is no bee killing during harvesting
- It is environment friendly
- It does not allow intrusion of hive by bees enemies such as mice and spiders
- It works well with trap boxes
- Makes it easy for bees to fan and clean the hive.
- Fitted with wax foundations that reduce work for the bees in making combs
- Promotes cleanliness during harvesting
- Brood and honey are never mixed as in log hives
- All members of the family can work with hives
- The shadow frames can be easily tied up three or more stories high
- The beekeeper can add supers at the rate at which they are required by the bees