Nigerian trainee learning how to “wire” a full depth Langstroth frame using a “framing board”. Nov. 2019
Producing beeswax sheets; to be later embossed for use in the hive. Nov. 2019
Fully processed and embossed beeswax strips which will be placed inside the hive for access by the bees.
Dipping board being used by trainee to produce beeswax sheets. Nov. 2019

training beekeepers is our focus

It would be difficult to find in Ghana beekeeping training program circles a format as well rounded and professional as can be found  at Extra Mile West Africa’s  beekeeper training facility . At (EMWA) you will learn modern beekeeping techniques  using the “Langstroth” beehive method of beekeeping. Our school was implemented in 2008 in the small town of Nkwanta, Oti District. The original “beehive pilot” project was upgraded to a full-fledged training package by mid-2009. The construction of an up-to-date honey processing and beekeeping training center where demonstrations on centrifuge honey extraction were conducted has been so successful that by 2017-2018 we decided to construct a beekeeping training school adjacent to the processing center where theory classes will be conducted throughout the year. It is our hope and prayer that this effort will see Ghana beekeeping flourish into a national industry as more Ghanaian’s discover the potential of this wonderful resource . With time we may even see Ghanaian honey come online world-wide in the not too distant future.

 

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Fully processed and embossed beeswax sheet. Nov. 2019
4.8mm wax embossing machine at work.
The finished product. A full depth sheet of embossed foundation ready for the beehive.
Embossed beeswax sheets cut into strips and set in frames ready to go to the field.

in the field

  • Theory classes in Langstroth beehive technology
  • Swarm control and management
  • Brood box management
  • Bee site layout
  • Harvesting techniques
  • Foundation embossing demonstrations
  • Migratory beekeeping practices
  • Bee wax processing and preparation
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Modern processing facilities available for demonstrations
  • Certificate issued at completion of program

*All NGO bee sites are managed by our project coordinator; originally an Australian commercial beekeeper.

*Our project does not use medicines or chemicals in any of the hives, we employ the open brood system, therefore queen excluders are not used on any hive. All beehive byproducts including wax is completely organic as there are no agricultural activities in the area.

 

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Testimonials

 

“We started beekeeping using Kenya Top Bar hives. If it wasn’t for Extra Mile West Africa, we wouldn’t have advanced into large scale modern commercial beekeeping.”

Nkwanta Beekeepers Association

David V.  President

David Vivinyo

 

this is our Ghana beekeeping training program

processing & marketing

 Beekeeping training technology,  processing, quality control, packaging and labeling and bulk sales of honey and wax products are taught at the processing center under the direction of our NGO. Our training facility uses centrifuge extraction.

associations & cooperatives

Our NGO does not involve itself with profit-making ventures, so all business involving  beekeeping in Ghana or beekeeping equipment, honey and wax sales, which includes local and bulk sales to the capital Accra is under the control of Viyada Enterprise, (FDB registered). Through the direct influence of our project the  Nkwanta Beekeepers Association  was registered in 2010. One of the association’s duties is to liaison with a project created  marketing cooperative on such things as training in processing and quality control.  

 

 

For further inquiries please follow the contact links on this page, thank you.

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