Beekeeping as business

Start costs in beekeeping

Dear future entrepreneurs in the beekeeping sector in Moldova, in this article you will find information that you should know before you create an apiary.

We chose to talk about an apiary smaller than 10 families first, because many experts recommend that you start with a small number of bee families to understand first- how works an apiary and to make sure that you have the skills and the experience necessary to increase the apiary at 150- 200 families, which is the minimum number required to move from the amateur level to the apiary business and would allow you a decent income for your family.

Apiary of 10 bee families (stationary apiary)

The workmanship

  • March to October = 2 hours per week
  • November – February = 1 hour per week

Total = 70 hours

 

Training + other information = 40 hours

Products valorisation = 20 hours

Travel to apiary + activities = 100 hours

 

Total workmanship = 230 hours

Investment value

Biological material (bee families) – 10 * 800 lei = 8 000 lei

Basic Inventory (hives) – 10 * 1500 lei = 15 000 lei

Required materials in production (frames, honey combs) – 2 000 lei

Tools (smoker, hive tool, brush) – 1 000 lei

Inventory (centrifuge, protective equipment) – 12 000 lei

Total Investment value – 38 000 lei

Annual production expenses

The workmanship –  230 hours * 20 lei/hour = 4 600 lei

Biostimulation (food) – 10kg honey * 60 lei = 6000 lei

Medications for beekeeping use – 15 lei * 10 = 150 lei

Transportation – 400 lei

Other costs – 500 lei

Total annual production expenses – 11 650 lei

 

Annual production

Honey – 20kg * 10 hives  * 70 lei/kg = 14 000 lei

Honey bees – 6 * 500 lei = 3 000 lei

Other products – 1000 lei

Total annual production – 19 000 lei

Income

Total realised income – 19 000 lei – 11 650 lei = 7350 lei

 

If you plan to start an apiary this coming spring, we recommend you to visit the beekeeping shop in Chisinau to see the prices and what you need in order to get started.

Also, you can buy biological material (bees) from the apiary Dulce Plai.

And if you need hives we recommend you wooden workshop in Ungheni (079016681).

To purchase the queen bee,we recommend  you Albinuta Fermecata SRL.

 

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