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Of local 4. industry, in such spheres and activities as improved hives, bee management, honey handling and marketing, use of bees Eor pollination. 5. To undertake habitat study surveys, to determine characteristics of honey types and honey flows, and to develop vegetation and pollen reference libraries. 6. To select apiculturalists and to train them in Canada, ready to take over the project on behalf of Kenya Governmnet after the completion of the programme. The project Director, Prof. G. F. Townsend (Canada), was in charge of the overall operation of the project, including the planning and periodic review of the programme of teaching, extension and development , and the general appointment, supervision and co-ordination of the activities of the Canadian team, in consultation with the Head of Animal Production Division of the Ministry of Agriculture (Kenya) and with CIDA.

S bees were taken from this colony; they reared a new queen, and The being fed sugar syrup they soon became a strong colony. original colony was again divided on 14 October 1964, thlls giving after one year a total of nine colonies from the original small swarm. This number could easily have been doubled if Instead the three colonies had been used for increase only. NO more feeding was they were also run for honey production. done after the original three colonies were established. In May 1964, a colony was found in a rotten stump by station They smoked out the bees workers at Aiyinasi (Western Region).

Courses on beekeeping are held regularly at Ngong FTC for farmers and extension officers. Trainees taking Animal Husbandry courses at AHITI in Embu and Bukura receive a complete course in all aspects of Most of the Village Polytechnics have a compulsory beekeeping. beekeeping course, and sometimes students receive hives on completion of the course. 3. Research A small field research laboratory and a bee house were estabAn apicul,ture research lished at Ngong Farmers Training Centre. laboratory has been constructed at the National Agricultural equipped, it is Laboratories, Kabete, and though riot yet fully satisfactory for the present stage of our research, and considerable knowledge of bee behaviour nas been gained.

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