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Who We Are

The Apiculture Platform of Kenya (APK) was established in August 2016 and registered as a society in 2017. The goal of the Platform is to study, conserve and enhance the contribution of bees, honeybees and other pollinators to food and nutritional security for improved livelihoods for social economic development.

The overall objective of APK is to develop apiculture (the science and art of beekeeping) for food security thrugh pollination, enterprise promotion, and environmental conservation. 

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What We Do as APK

    • Establishing a database and an effective network with its members.
    • Establishing linkages with other stakeholders.
    • Providing guidelines and advice for the bee industry on issuese such as appropriate technology, bee health, quality control, processing, packaging and marketing.
    • National and global promotion of bee farming as a commercially viable and environment friendly venture
    • Capacity building
    • Lobby for development of favorable policies in the apiculture and related industry Spearhead collaboration with research institutions
    • Staging events to popularize honey products e.g. honey shows, World Bee Day. Information dissemination
    • Develop market networks for bee products

Importance of Bees and Beekeeping

  • Bee keeping sector has not been fully harnessed in Kenya despite its ecosystem importance to humans and environment, some of articulated importance of bee keeping includes:
  • Immense benefits in terms of provision of pollinators, which enhance crop yield. It is estimated that one in every three bites of food we eat is a result of active pollination of plants in which bees play a very important part.

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Why Do We Need More Beekeepers?

Most people, when they think of bees, think of honey, the sweetest gift from the honey bee. Most people never think of how bees pollinate our crops, directly affecting Virginia agriculture. Approximately 1/3 of all our food requires pollinating by bees or other pollinators.

Some important fruit and vegetable crops which require honey bee pollination include apples, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupes, squash, and watermelons. The yield on these crops would be severely diminished without the honey bee.

The populations of native bees has been in decline for several decades due to environmental stress and various pests. Hobby beekeepers can be an important factor in rebuilding populations and encouraging species health and diversity.

Although most honey bees are kept in rural settings, beehives are often seen in suburban backyards, cities, and even on rooftops. Many home gardeners keep a few hives to pollinate their fruits trees, vegetable and flower gardens.

Membership

Membership is open who wishes to further the interests of the bees and the Platform. The platform is open to global bee stakeholders including students beekeepers, honey packers and traders, researchers, bee equipment manufacturers, and corporate bodies.

Membership Fees/ subscriptions

  • Individual membership: kshs 2000 non-refundable registration fee and kshs 1000 annual subscription
  • Institutional membership: kshs 10,000 non-refundable registration fee and kshs 2000 annual subscription
  • Corporate Member Ksh 20,000 non-refundable registration fee and Ksh 5000 annual subscription

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Developing Apiculture in Kenya

STUDYING, CONSERVING AND ENHANCING THE CONTRIBUTION OF BEES, HONEYBEES & OTHER POLLINATORS