|Manual for Trainers of Small Scale Beekeeping Development Workers (Peace Corps, 1983, 392 p.)|
Beeswax has many commercial uses. An understanding of the commercial potential of beeswax enhances one's knowledge concerning the marketing and the value of this hive product. This session provides the Trainees with the opportunity to observe both a use of beeswax and a local business. It provides technical information while giving the Trainees a chance to develop cross-cultural skills.
· To observe a commercial use for beeswax.
· To observe a local business.
· To observe a traditional craft that uses beeswax (Africa).
· To interact with a commercial supplier of the local beekeeping industry (Inter-America).
- Small Scale Beekeeping, pp. 127-130, 207-209.
- The Hive and the Honey Bee, pp. 537-545.
- Beekeeping in Rural Developments, pp. 185189.
· This session requires considerable advance preparation. Arrangements include: locating the shop to be visited, discussing details with the proprietor and obtaining transportation.
· In the African region, a trip to a cloth batiking shop, or to a lost-wax metal casting shop may be possible. In the Inter-American region, a trip to a shop where comb foundation is made is suggested.
· Note that Session 41, "Bees and Trees" is also a field trip and has been scheduled for the same day so that the same transportation may be used.
Step 1: Field Trip (4 hours)
Take a field trip to observe a commercial use for beeswax. While en route, discuss with the Trainees the objectives for this field trip and how to best meet these objectives.
Once at the destination, assist the Trainees in interviewing the proprietor of the operation. Points to consider are:
- source of the beeswax used,
- quality standards and control,
- procedures used,
- cost of materials,
- markets available for products,
- problems in marketing and
- price of finished products.
After leaving, review with the Trainees:
- any important technical insights which occurred,
- any important cross-cultural insights which occurred and
- any conditions which were observed that might limit beekeeping/agricultural development.