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.
Apis dorsata colonies, an important source of honey from forests, settle in the forest areas of the state and adivasis there harvest honey from them during the period from March to August. However, now-a-days the colonies have been observed to desert soon after migrating and settling on the forest trees. According to Robert Leo, programme coordinator, Keystone Foundation, Kotagiri in Tamil Nadu, the desertions could be due to poor forage availability attributable to the change in the climatic conditions.
Honey production from apiaries too has been observed to be poor. Besides scarcity of bee forage, other factors may also be playing a part. Dr. Sainudeen Pattazhy, Zoologist feels that the electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and towers might be a prime factor for the decline.