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After constantly monitoring the honey bee nests, the tribal people will extract honey on March 5, 2015 for the first time in the area. […] Some bee colonies are left in spite of the artificial feeding during the lean season. […]
“We get only three months to harvest honey after nine months of maintaining hives,” he says. Dejected by the loss, Brow abandoned plans of expanding to 250 boxes in the coming season.
The menace of sloth bears in hilly terrains is another challenge that beekeepers have to encounter this year. Due to the scarcity of food, bears raid bee hives for honey and break the hive boxes, says environmentalist S S Davidson, who runs Tribal Foundation for Kani Tribe people living in forest areas of Western Ghats in Kanyakumari district.
The situation is no better for the Kani tribe that harvests natural honey for a living. “They are unable to locate bee hives in the usual places as there is a probability that honey bees withdrew into deep jungle areas in search of flowers,” he adds.
Beekeepers who feel they don’t get reasonable prices for their produce despite an enormous demand for pure honey in the market say the government should come forward to procure honey from beekeepers of the region at minimum support price. […]
Source: “Truant monsoon, odd weather sting them more than honey bees” by Arockiaraj Johnbosco (Times of India, 23 May 2017)
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