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The specialist international beekeeping organisation

The low cost Kissan Hive

  • Equipment
  • Guru Nath
  • 2010
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Our primary focus is on improving bee ecology and beekeeping methods that respect the honeybee. Our hope is that by introducing new hobby beekeepers to the rewards of beekeeping there will eventually be millions of backyard beekeepers worldwide that will help bring back the feral bee population and improve the genetic diversity of the honeybees. This diversity is critically important to the survival of this most precious natural resource.


With this in view we have developed a low cost Top bar hive called the Kissan hive built of Ferro cement. It costs less than one US Dollar. It is lightweight and portable. Being built of Ferro cement it should last a life time if well looked after. We have also brought out a detailed e-book for those who wish to take up bee keeping as a hobby. This e-book details not only how to make the hive but also other equipments such as honey extractor veil etc. using every day household items or recycled scrap material. We have tried to keep the start up cost very low and affordable. The Kissan hive could be mass produced.


The e-book is available from our web site.


Guru Nath

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