Population; 49.7m GbDP: 74.94 billion US dollars Rural population;73.94% Pop below poverty line: 42% Contribution of sector to GDP: 35% Bee Keeping in Kenya
Bee-keeping in Kenya has been practiced traditionally for many years.
However only 20% of the country’s honey production potential (estimated at 100,000 metric tonnes) has been tapped.
80% of Kenya consists of arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) which have high potential in production of honey and apicultural activity is a major occupation in these areas due to the abundance of bee flora.
Non ASAL regions also practice beekeeping
Modern bee-keeping in Kenya started towards the end of 1960s and has since become an important enterprise in the livestock sub-sector.
80% of the honey comes from the traditional log hive.
However, a reasonable amount of hive products is obtained from Kenya Top Bar and Langstroth hives