Guide to Beekeeping in the Tropics with Gavin McKenzie

Guide to Beekeeping in the Tropics with Gavin McKenzie

A Guide to Beekeeping in the Tropics’ is comprised of three DVDs. On each DVD, Gavin McKenzie of McKenzie Beelines in Fiji will be taking you through the many important aspects of beekeeping in the tropics.

Mr. McKenzie has over 50 years of experience in beekeeping, having worked in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Fiji.

While this project directly concerns beekeeping in Fiji, the information given is applicable to all tropical beekeepers throughout the wider Asia Pacific.

This project was led by Dr. Malcolm Cone of the Asia Institute, School of Business, University of Otago, New Zealand . It was directed, edited and narrated by Tiffany Cone, and filmed by Jason Chute in Rakiraki, Fiji in April, 2005. It was produced by Marian Cone.

For further information contact:
Mr Ponipate Vonuqaqa
Director & Registrar
Department of Co-operatives
PO Box 2356 Government Buildings Suva
Ph: 3314675 / Fax: 3303431

This film has been made as a training tool. However, Beekeeping carries risks for people who lack skills and experience. Viewers are advised to seek practical training and assistance before engaging in Beekeeping activities. Neither the trainers shown on film nor the film’s producers or sponsors can accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury claimed by any person as having arisen from or in respect of this film.

`A Guide to Beekeeping in the Tropics’ with Gavin McKenzie

CD 1 – Introductory Material
CD 2 – Extracting, Marketing & Selling Honey
CD 3 – Queen Breeding

This project is an initiative funded by the Fiji New Zealand Business Council in association with NZ Aid.


Guide to Beekeeping in the Tropics with Gavin McKenzie

Wax moths are not parasites or predators of bees, but they are a nuisance to beekeepers, as they destroy comb that is

Quite a few years ago I was thinking about increasing my hives in Yaqara, Fiji. I heard that a local Fijian vocational

It has long been known that successful beekeeping is a combination of an ART and SCIENCE.

If that bothers you, get out now. Honey bees DIE when they sting, leaving the stinger in YOU. Hence, honey bees are

When the bee suddenly stings your finger, DON’T DROP THAT FRAME!

From Day One, bees have lived in a hollow tree in the woods. Often a lightning strike sets a woods on fire.

Many of us think pine needles are the NUMBER ONE smoker fuel of all fuels. It is very easy to light, stays

Everybody is talking about sampling some of their bees honey, and can hardly wait. Forget honey! Your job with your bees during

George talks about feeding new hives sugar syrup to encourage comb building. JL- This is a practice usually frowned upon in Fiji

Nectar is the “stuff’ that is made into honey.

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