Selection of Apiary Site and bee Species
The key to success of beekeeping lies mainly in three things:
A. Good apiary site.What is an apiary?
B. Good bee.
C. Proper management.
Apiary is the place where the bee colonies are kept (Fig. 7.1).
Selection of good apiary site:
Selection of good bee:
Figure 7.1 Bee colonies in an apiary kept under trees which provide shade during summer
Beekeeping can be taken up with either of the two domesticated honey bee species (Apis cerana and A. mellifera Figs. 7.2 & 7.3). However, in cold areas e.g. high hills, A. cerana being cold hardy performs better than A. mellifera. Moreover this bee is more frugal and does well even in areas, which are not very rich in bee flora. Farmers who are incapable of making more investment in bee keeping with A. mellifera can use A. cerana, since it needs less investment.
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