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National Bee Day Celebrated

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Chennai, February 17, 2012 (Thanks to Ms Sujana Krishnamoorthy, UTMT for the report): As announced in the 'Events Notices' column dated January 23, 2012 in this site, the UTMT (Under the Mango Tree, Mumbai) organized the country's first-ever National Bee Day on February 5, 2012 at the Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi, Mumbai. Originall conceived as 'Cerana Day' the celebration of the event was later renamed, more appropriately as 'National Bee Day'. The event elicited enthusiastic response from public including children and was a grand success. Following is a report on the event sent in by UTMT's Sujana Krishnamoorthy, Event Organizer and Programme Leader, UTMT. She also kindly provided the photographs of the event.

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'Bike-a-Bee' - a Novel Concept for Urban Beekeeping

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Chennai, January 24, 2012: Here is an interesting idea to do beekeeping in cities and towns with lots of flowering plants: keep hives distributed - one or two at a location - in the area and use a bike or - if you can afford, a car - to go from hive to hive and collect honey. I remember seeing this type of beekeeping in rural and semi-urban regions in Andhra Pradesh, and even in Mumbai and New Delhi, some 40 years ago, when Apis cerana was still the only bee reared.

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UTMT Celebrating 'Cerana Day' on February 5, 2012

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Chennai, January 23, 2012 (Thanks to Sridhar Prasadrao for the news alert): It is very heartening to learn that the Under the Mango Tree (UTMT), a social enterprise that is actively engaged in empowering and equipping poor farmers in India to improve their livelihoods through managing locally available resources, particularly beekeeping with the indigenous Apis cerana, is celebrating 'Cerana Day' on February 5, 2012 in Mumbai at Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi, between 9 am and 2 pm.

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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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Pesticide Kills of Honey Bees by Several Means

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Chennai, January 17, 2012 (Thanks to Sridhar Prasadrao, Mumbai for the news alert): Potent pesticides like the widely used neonicotinoids are highly toxic to honey bees. Recent research showed that these insecticdes can kill honey bees through intake of pollen of treated plants. Investigations by scientists at the Purdue University, Indiana, and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, USA, showed that the insecticides were present in waste talk exhausted from farm machinery, in the soil and in pollen of treated plants. These findings of multiple routes of pesticide exposure for honey bees kept near agricultural fields are published* online on January 3, 2012 in the journal PLoS ONE. Following is the news dated January 11, 2012 by the Purdue University News Service on the subject.

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