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Facts Related to Apiculture

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Facts Related to Apiculture

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

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