5 In the Family of Beekeepers

In the Family of Beekeepers

Posted on August 5, 2012 by kulichik

In Soviet times people ate much of honey and loved it much. After the fall of the USSR only the rich could afford the product. And now it can be said that bee-keeping in Kazakhstan is experienced a new birth.

Bee-keeping in Kazakhstan was developed in 1986 when bees were taken here from Kiev. Our hero Alexander has been engaged in the industry since 1985. His son and grandson help him a lot and are willing to continue the family tradition. The National Unity of Beekeepers organizes regular seminars, exhibitions and training trips abroad. Thus, Alexander and his colleges have visited Israel recently.

In Israel they found out that their amount of bee families is too small. And if before the trip Alexander wanted to cut the number of bees, he changed his mind after he came come and did quite the opposite.

He got acquainted with the expensive equipment in Israel and constructed a honey extractor of his own that functions not worse.

It was found out that Alexander had enemies as somebody poisoned his bees. That was a real stress for him and he even wanted to sell a house and quit the place but changed his mind later and just arranged for video surveillance.

His bees are grown high in the mountains. The air is very fresh here and is filled with aromas of medicinal plants. That is why the honey made here is especially good for health.

But mountainous bees are angrier than those living low-country.

There is one guard for every bee yard. Guards spend the whole summer at bee yards. Their family members got used to that and often come to visit them. It is not difficult to do the job. You just need to follow simple rules, not to smoke and not to drink alcohol while at work.

Alexander’s grandson Ivan is 9 years old. He says he loves helping his father and grandfather. Whenever they are asked to write assays at school he writes a lot about honey, bees and his family members.


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5 Responses to “In the Family of Beekeepers”

  1. Number says:

    Real honey,the only sugar/sweetness that has an medical and a protective working for the human cells.

  2. Maddcowe says:

    Good for them for keeping this tradition and industry going!

    “You just need to follow simple rules, not to smoke and not to drink alcohol while at work.”
    Meanwhile the guy in the next photo enjoys a cigarette.

  3. guest says:

    Is Russia also plagued by the bee colony collapse disorder, or has it been spared that?

  4. Edward Kalamon says:

    A nice, solid, honest, liveing!

  5. Andrea says:

    Neat pictures! A couple of notes to correct your captions… The bee on the man’s hand is a drone (male), not a queen. The queen is pictured on a frame of wax, off to the right with two worker bees (females). She is the big long bee who looks different.

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