Bee keeping can be a viable business given the products and services attached to it. Honey, wax and sale of bees and pollination services respectively, are the products and services a Bee Keeper can offer to the public. Pollination services in which one is paid to take his bees to a farm to pollinate crops there seems like a fairytale in Sierra Leone but it is a reality in many parts of the world. Same is the imperative for the sale of bees to those interested in honey production.
The aim of this post is to inform about honey Extraction Technology FINIC has invented in Sierra Leone. However, digressing a bit for a brief pep in the services Bee Keepers can offer, is also deeply informative and might help to arouse curiosity and eventually carve a path for ventures into uncharted territories. Innovation pushes us forward as individuals and collectively as a nation. Where innovation deludes a nation, development of any sort, does not have space. Getting stuck in the past means refusing to make a few degrees turn to see new frontiers.
Now, it is time for honey extraction technology.
EXTRACTION OF HONEY
Honey, whether from natural or man made bee hives, must be separated from its combs. To achieve that process, two methods employing two different technologies are in use. One is by pressing and the other is by centrifugal means. Every Sierra Leonean knows the press method as more likely than not, direct hands are used in squeezing honey from its comb. Using hands directly is not only hygienically compromising but also painstaking and slow even for the Small Holder. A press that can hold a batch quantity to press 2 or more litres is advisable to acquire. I am delighted to inform that FINIC has INVENTED a press that can do that. The great feature of the machine is the ease of removal of the wax after the pressing operation. See pictures attached.
All parts of the machine that come in contact with the honey are made of Stainless Steel plates. For affordability reasons, the press can be made of hardened board or plastic without compromising the hygiene and its efficiency.
The centrifugal means of extracting honey is achieved by spinning the honey combs or frames, in the case of those from man made hives, at appreciable speed. The spinning action will induce a centrifugal force which will, in turn, cause the honey to be thrown out separating itself from the comb. To understand the principle, let me give a brief narrative of my childhood days of amusement exploration. As children, we competed to showcase the best person whose palm nut was flung the furthest when placed on a spinning dish cover. A spinning dish cover will splash out water, stone, palm nut placed on it. How far the stone or palm nut or water, is thrown out depends on the speed of rotation among many other factors. The principle is the same for centrifugal means of honey extraction. Such a way can be manual (use hand to spin) for small scale holders and can be mechanized (use motor or engine to spin) for medium to large scale farmers. I am again delighted to inform that FINIC has the technology.
Please note that, this advertising piece is for honey extraction equipment and not for the sale of honey.
My next article is on FINIC invention of an effective Cassava Peeling Machine that will Be a huge game changer in Africa and Asia.
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Foday Melvin Kamara
Member of the Order of the Rokel for Exemplary Engineering.