Beekeeping From Passion to Profession

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His passion for beekeeping made Mahmoud Abdul Nasser, 32, the most famous beekeeper in the Egyptian city of Giza.

Unlike the majority of young men of his age, Mahmoud who graduated from high school in Cairo at the age of 17, did not want attend college to continue his education. Instead, he decided to head back to his hometown in Giza, and start a beekeeping business on his father’s farm.

“My story with bees began when I found a beehive on a tree, I put it in a box but the bees flew away.. so I went to a beekeeper and bought three beehives which I used for training. Some of the bees flew away but then I managed to keep the others. I also started to visit experienced beekeepers to watch how they work. I did some free work for them, although they offered me money, but all I wanted is to learn.”

Over 15 years, Mahmoud was able to turn beekeeping from a passion to a profession.

“To me bees are beautiful and enjoyable and I love dealing with them. People get scared of bees because they sting, but it is a beautiful insect and very productive and beneficial to humans.”

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    Mahmoud , Beekeeper: : 00:36 -00:50 "My name is Mahmoud Abd El-Naser Abou Sreea. I’m married with two children, Rawda and Mostafa. And I have been a honey maker for 15 years."
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    02:09-02:38 My story with bees began when I found a beehive on a tree, I put it in a box but the bees flew away.. so I went to a beekeeper and bought three beehives which I used for training. Some of the bees flew away but then I managed to keep the others. I also started to visit experienced beekeepers to watch how they work. I did some free work for them, although they offered me money, but all I wanted is to learn.
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    03:14- 03:26 To me bees are beautiful and enjoyable and I love dealing with them. People are scared of bees because they sting, but it is a beautiful insect and very productive and beneficial to humans.
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    03:46 - 04:10 The bee's poison helps to cure rheumatism and arthritis. When the bee stings someone all the microbes in his body gather in a pimple on the skin which takes the microbes out of the body
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    04:18 - 04:54 The multiplication process of bees starts in February or January, depending on the environment and climate factors. If it’s good weather the queen lays from 2000 to 2500 eggs per day.
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    05:00 – 05:07As we see under every box there is a queen.
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    05:18-05:48 This a queen. I will free it. This one is virgin. It takes four or five days to begin laying eggs. If I didn’t put this box on the queen the other bees would kill it because they are different species.
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    05:54 -06:24 Pollen added to honey, it’s useful for human health. Also, royal jelly is good for immunity. Honey wax is useful for the treatment of sinusitis and strengthens the stomach membrane and cleans teeth in a natural way.
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    06:39 -07:00 The honeycomb price depends on the dollar price and the surge price because bees are nourished on it. We export bees and import wood for the honeycomb. The honeycomb price is around 200 EGP (22.5 USD) and the price of the beehive is 65 EGP (6.76 USD).