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.
Populations of rockbee colonies in this area were sparse this year. Untimely rains resulting in scarcity of forage for bees is reported to be the main cause. Normally honey is gathered during April to September. This year the bee colonies went dry during June itself.