Events for 2017

Here are thew events planned for the year.  Please check your emails and our Facebook page for updates on the events. If you have any queries regarding these events, please contact us.
March Saturday 25th Field day in Hilton- Green Door Apiaries – Phil and Matt Walker to host.
April ?
May Friday 26th to Sunday 4th June –Royal Show at the Royal Agricultural Show grounds in PMB.
June Saturday 17th Open day in Hilton- William Urquhart to host.
July Saturday 22nd Durban Open day in conjunction with J van Eck and the Durban Bee Club.
August Saturday 12th Open day in Ottos Bluff  hosted by Guy Solomon.
September Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th Garden Show  at the Royal Agricultural Show grounds in PMB.
October 14th and 15th  Open weekend hosted bt Roland Moore- Venue still to be confirmed.
November Thursday 16th and Friday 17th KwaZulu/Natal Bee Farmers Association hosted and arranged conference. Venue to be confirmed but probably Eston Farmers Hall.
Conference to cover subjects such as pollination,forage for bees,security of managed bees etc. This gathering will double up as our end of year function. Still in the planning stages details will be communicated as developments take place.

PAYMENT FOR POLLINATION SERVICES

Why should the farmers who require pollination pay for bees to be brought onto the crop requiring pollination, after all the beekeeper gets the honey  right .  WRONG . This is far from the truth.

If pollination is done correctly and the correct number of hives are brought in to pollinate a crop , the area is generally overloaded with bees , so as to maximise the fruit set for the particular crop. Therefore no excess honey is produced. Some plants also produce more pollen than nectar.

Beekeepers that bring hives in for pollination have to ensure that the standard of bees inside the hive is suitable to be able to handle the stresses that the bees are put through and mortality is a factor that beekeepers have to take into account. Travel costs as well as labour is, as we all know expensive and some swarms either die or swarm off to somewhere less overcrowded.

Colonies also go down in condition and honey production is severely affected even after the bees have been moved on to more suitable areas.

It is a well known documented fact, that bees increase crop production, which then gives you the farmer more money in your pocket.

Welcome!

Welcome to the Kwazulu-Natal Bee Farmers Association website. Please feel free to browse around, and contact us should you require any information or assistance.

New beekeepers or persons interested in Beekeeping in the KZN region are encouraged to join our Association and attend Field Days where all aspects of practical beekeeping can be experienced and learnt by the novice beekeeper.

AIMS AND GOALS
Promoting and advancing the science of apiculture.
Establishing and maintaining competency and professional conduct
amongst its members.
Stimulating and assisting in the establishment and maintenance of educational and training facilities in all aspects of apiculture.
Entering into affiliation with other associations having similar aims and comparable constitutions.
To promote the interests of the beekeeping fraternity for the mutual benefit of all.
Accepting donations, raising moneys and undertaking investments to assist the association in achieving its objectives.
To render assistance to agriculture where ever possible.
Doing all such other things, within the confines of the law, as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of its objectives.

OBJECTIVES
To encourage the improvement and advancement of Apiculture within KwaZulu/Natal by actively promoting the exchange of ideas between members, interested parties and other regional Bee-Farmers’ Associations.
To actively assist emerging bee-farmers to establish and expand their operations by becoming involved in a mentoring process.
To promote and safeguard the interests of bee-farmers in general by ensuring that honey and hive products and their derivatives comply with standards established by government and through exhibiting and judging at agricultural shows and other internationally recognised bodies.
To co-ordinate the marketing of honey products, on behalf of members of the Association, through the Royal Agricultural Society’s Honey Hall.
Services

Training Courses in Beekeeping
For information on Training Courses on Beekeeping contact the association.
Dates and times vary for the courses, look under “events” for upcoming courses.