International Training Institute of the Beekeepers Cooperative Association
The International Training Institute of the Beekeepers Cooperative Association was established in partnership with Saudi Aramco, as a scientific and professional training institute. The Beekeepers Cooperative Association (BCA) through this institute is seeking to raise awareness of beekeepers toward importance of beekeeping and honey production and develop their capabilities and to provide them with new scientific knowledge to increase and diversify production and consequently increase per capita income.
Through this institute, BCA utilizes the available capabilities and takes advantage of qualified personnel to share knowledge and modern scientific practical methods in field of beekeeping. More than 1500 community-based trainees have been trained in the institute since its establishment.
Honey bee Laboratory
The honey bee laboratory includes various devices, necessary to implement the practical aspects of training and research in various topics. The available devices and instruments include incubators, artificial insemination devices, microscopes, food mixers, sterilization solutions, sterilization devices, slide show devices and computers.
The practical training include the preparation of beeswax foundation sheet, frame wiring and foundation sheet fixing as well as how to formulate and prepare nutrition mixtures.
Practical Training Apiary
Due to the importance of practical sessions in the training program of beekeepers, an integrated training apiary has been prepared to facilitate practical training on the latest bee-keeping technologies. The practical training program includes the following:
Honey Analysis and Quality Laboratory (HAQL)
The honey analysis and quality laboratory (HAQL) was established to test the quality of honey. It contributes to preserving the quality and reputation of local honey and raises the marketing value of honey products of Association members. The laboratory provides services to honey producers as well as consumers.
Analyses are carried out according to the specifications approved by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO). The laboratory holds ISO and other international certificates. It seeks to provide a high-quality service that meets the aspirations of the Association members. Analyses carried out in the laboratory include the following:
Clients from all regions of Saudi Arabia either send their samples to the Association through couriers or deliver them directly.
Honey Packaging Laboratory
The laboratory aims to package honey products of the Association members using reputed and scientific methods to maintain high product quality and raise the marketing value. The honey is packaged and the logo of the Association is fixed on the packs according to the following procedures:
1- Receiving honey in the Association’s laboratory.
2- Collecting samples to conduct the necessary analyzes to ensure that the honey meets Saudi specifications and standards.
3- Filling honey in glass packs of different sizes and then displaying it in the Association’s sales exhibition.
4- Filling and packaging honey prepared for shipping within or outside the Kingdom. The shipments are placed inside cartons and wooden boxes labeled with the logo and address of the Association.
Honey Dehydration Unit
Based on its goals and its role in serving beekeepers, the Association provides a specialized unit for removing excess moisture from honey. This unit uses specialized devices for dehydration which ensures that honey quality is not negatively affected. These devices are available in the attached unit of the honey packaging laboratory and provide direct services to beekeepers at a nominal price. They are also available for sale in the Association exhibition.
Honey Bee feed Laboratory
The Association gave special attention to establish bee feed mixing laboratory and has assigned many highly qualified specialists for its management, given the following considerations:
1- The importance of feed mixtures to be used for:
2- Ensuring the safety of mixtures to preserve the quality of local products and their commercial reputation.
3- To substitute importing high cost feeds from abroad.
4- Make available feeds for the Association members and others throughout the year at reasonable prices.
5- Diversifying sources of income for the Association to increase its financial return.
Wooden Industries Workshop
It would be good to mention what types of machine the workshop equipped and its annual production capacity at least for hives The wooden industry workshop is one of the important strategic projects for the association with the following goals:
Metal Industries Workshop
The workshop specializes in the production of various modern tools and supplies used in beekeeping. Among the most important products of this workshop are tools for sorting and packing, smoking, honey filtering and wax melting. This workshop is one of the most important achievements of which the Association is proud; due to the importance of the objectives of this project, which are outlined below:
The Central Cooling System
To ensure that the quality of honey is maintained, cold storage is provided in accordance with international standards, a refrigerator with high-tech specifications and a capacity of 40 tons was provided to preserve the honey from both the Association and beekeepers throughout the year.
This refrigerator is intended for the following purposes:
Beekeeping Equipment Warehouse
Two warehouses have been built to safely store the instruments, devices, and wooden, metal, and plastic tools required for beekeeping and honey production. These stores are equipped with various safety and security measures and are managed through a modern electronic system.