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Meliponiculture Getting Popular in Kerala

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Chennai, January 21, 2012: The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is now implementing a project approved by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to promote and develop meliponiculture in the State as a valuable source of income to farmers. The University scientists developed appropriate technologies for honey production by rearing stingless bees (see news dated February 5, 2011 in this site).

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Honey Production This Year from Rockbee Colonies Down in Kerala

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Pune, September 6, 2011: Further to the news in May 2011, of declining honey production in Kerala (see news dated May 9, 2011 in this site), a news report dated September 6, 2011 in Manorama Online says that wild honey production from rockbee colonies has fallen sharply to less than 50 per cent in the Wayanad district in Kerala. According to the secretary, Sulthan Bathery ST Cooperative Society which gathers honey from wild bee hives found in forests of the Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary area, honey procurement fell by 56.8 per cent from 21,000 kg in 2009-2010.

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Honey Production Declines in Kerala for the Third Consecutive Year

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Chennai, May 9, 2011: Ignatius Pereira reports from Kollam, Kerala in the The Hindu dated May 9, 2011 that honey production in Kerala registered a fall for the third consecutive year.

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Endosulfan Spray in Kerala Affecting Bee Colonies, Honey and Cardamom Production - AICRP Study

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Chennai, February 24, 2011: Endosulfan has been in the news in recent times, the European Union proposing a ban on the use of the pesticide and several farming and pesticide related organizations in India opposing the move. There have been many investigations earlier that showed that among the pesticides endosulfan was the least harmful to honey bees.

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Kerala Agricultural University to Popularize Meliponiculture

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Chennai, February 5, 2011: The Kerala Agricultural University scientists have been investigating the biology and rearing of the common stingless bee, Trigona iridipennis. A recent meeting of the Board of  Studies, Faculty of Agriculture of the University recommended meliponiculture (rearing of stingless bees, Meliponini) in homesteads of Kerala using 1500 cc capacity bamboo 'hives'. Under a project of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research the University developed a bamboo box to rear these bees and has now taken up popularizing the rearing of these bees.

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