Bees and Beekeeping in Zimbabwe


Sometimes you get of a new issue more information then you can find in the regular stamp magazines. A Spanish philately Journalist sent me more information about the new series of Zimbabwe. I will give you the relevant part of the information.

The series is designed and painted by the local artists Jan Desmond and Gaye Dixon.

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The race of African bees, Apis mellifera scutellata is found inland from South Africa to Ethiopia. The well-publicised, defensive behaviour of relatively few colonies of these bees results from millenia of predation. However, their productive and active qualities ensure their extensive, effective management for honey production and crop-pollination in Zimbabwe.

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The estimated eight to ten thousand keepers of traditional log and bark hives in Zimbabwe play an important part in the economy of rural people. Relatively unsophisticated hives are skilfully managed by many fine beekeepers whose expertise has for centuries been passed down through word of mouth and practical, hands-on experience. 

Zimbabwe will realise honey and beeswax production potentials well in excess of domestic consumption as more of these beekeepers again access to modern, scientific beekeeping technology and management techniques.

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In addition to honey and beeswax, other valuable resources are found in beehives: pollens, in the form of bee bread, are also nutricious for humans; bee sting treatments are derived from bee venom; and propolis possesses anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 4/1998 
Contact Group Bee Philately

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