Beekeeping (or apiculture) is the maintenance of bee colonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary or “bee yard”. Most such bees are honey bees in the genus Apis, but other honey-producing bees such as Melipona stingless bees are also kept. The collection of honey from the forests has been in existence for a long time.
Honey bees convert nectar of flowers into honey and store them in the combs of the hive and the growing market potential for honey and its products have resulted in beekeeping emerging as a viable enterprise.
Honey and wax are the two economically important products of beekeeping.
Beekeeping is an agro-based enterprise for additional income generation.