English edition 2007 84 pages A4 soft cover (J200)
Apis cerana is also known as the Asian hive bee, one of the Asian honey bee species that nests with multiple combs, and inside a cavity, and therefore can be kept inside a hive. During the past 30 years, many beekeeping enterprises in Asia have imported European races of Apis mellifera, with all its associated technology and management methods. Meanwhile there has been relatively little effort to develop Asian beekeeping based on indigenous bees such as Apis cerana. Consequently there are few published texts that explain how to manage Apis cerana , and this is a welcome new book.
Mogens Jensen is a Danish beekeeping expert who has worked over a period of 20 years with DANIDA-funded beekeeping projects in Asia. He has drawn on these experiences to create this book that very clearly describes how to address the common problems that beekeepers face. Chapters discuss hives: how to design and make them, where to place them, how to obtain and inspect colonies; and how to extract honey, feed bees and do queen rearing. The focus is on small-scale Apis cerana beekeeping using equipment that is available to rural people with few financial resources. This large format book is illustrated with an abundance of colour pictures, combined with clear and simple text. Also available in Tamil edition code J200T.