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Bee Industry and Business

Apiculture (bee-keeping) in Uganda is an important seasonal activity that remains largely unexploited despite the potential it has to widen Uganda’s export base.  A country-wide survey (UEPB / MAAIF March 2005) indicates that only 3 products i.e. honey, bee wax and propolis are produced in Uganda. Other bee products such as pollen and venom are completely unknown and have never been traded in. At a small scale, the beekeepers have the capacity to separate honey from the combs and make bee wax, but it is difficult to extract other products. This is due to lack of skills training for beekeepers.

Although the demand by the local markets is undocumented, there is evidence that a big local market exists to an extent that a lot of honey is imported from the neighboring countries. Further evidence states that there is potential for Uganda to make and export over 500,000 metric tones of honey per year (Prof. Helmut Horn, 1999) if bee keepers are availed with the necessary skills.

To drive transformative skills, knowledge, technology, innovations, SMEs (Small-Medium Enterprises) and services into the bee keeping industry and in partnerships, continuously improve production, health, employment, community wellbeing and economic growth.

The specific objectives of this programme are;
To produce graduates with the skills in planning when to harvest various products based on colony cycle, selecting areas suitable for apiculture, bee handling, queen rearing, packaging and marketing bee colonies, multiplying and marketing seed colonies, controlling and detecting bee diseases, making various bee products and marketing of bees and bee products.


Program offered:

  • Artisan skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills certificate
  • Ordinary skills diploma

Minimum Programme Duration: Two years for ordinary certificates and two years for diplomas.

Target group: Those interested in building attractive industrial, business, professional and service careers associated with the apiculture industry.

Minimum Entry Requirements
  • For artisan skills development certificate, the minimum is a school leaver with a good grade.
  • For professional skills qualification (ordinary certificate and ordinary diploma), the minimum is an ordinary level certificate.
  • Graduates of tertiary institutions and farmers are encouraged to apply because this program is designed to nurture skills, employment and enterprises for all.
  • O-level certificate entrants will undertake a bridging course when proceeding from diploma to degree level.

This programme offers work opportunities as one or more of the following;

  1. Bee keeping specialist
  2. Honey quality controllers
  3. Honey products processors
  4. Honey harvesting techinicians / experts
  5. Honey wine and beer processors
  6. Wild swarm capturing experts
  7. Wax extraction and processing techinician
  8. Wax candle experts
  9. Wax shoe polish experts
  10. Wax table vanish processors
  11. Propolis tincture processors
  12. Propolis oils processors
  13. Commercial colony production and marketing specialists
  14. Royal jelly extraction experts
  15. Bee suit specialist
  16. Queen rearing experts
  17. Bee hive and Bee smoker making experts

Further Information
Visit the AFRISA Secretariat in the Veterinary Complex,Makerere University Main Campus.
Call +256-312 514 068 / +256-414-554 685 or send an email to <info@afrisa.org>

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