2001 31 minutes PAL/VHS version (VID22)
An enchanting video showing apple production in valleys of the Hindu Kush Himalaya. For example, apples have been grown as a commercial cash crop in Himachal Pradesh in northern India since the 1950s. This had led to the economic transformation of many villages: the income has increased educational and living standards, and today Himachal's apple growing areas are prosperous by any standard. The video shows how farmers in Maoxian county of China have developed a technique for hand pollinating apple trees - a process involving the drying of apple flowers' anthers on electric blankets! Beekeepers in this area are reluctant to rent their colonies for pollination because of the heavy pesticide use. In India, farmers seek to improve pollination by picking bouquets of polliniser branches and hanging them near the trees to be pollinated. The film carries the warning that apple crops are declining: reasons include loss of pollinating insects, insufficient planting of polliniser tree varieties, and increasingly adverse weather conditions. This video is excellent for teaching about pollination requirements, and will fascinate beekeepers everywhere.
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Book also available (P185).Nicola Bradbear
2009 204 pages B800
Published by FAO this text explains many aspects of beekeeping and its role within forest livelihoods. It includes descriptions of the various bee species, their importance within ecology, agriculture and rural livelihoods. It describes honey hunting, beekeeping and meliponiculture. The various products and services utilised from bees are described, as well as value added products, marketing, trade and constraints to development.
The text is interspersed with numerous fact boxes and case studies, and together with appendices, we hope that many people working in this field will find this a useful reference and source of reliable information.