|Page: Save Bees From Extinction|
Sept 24, 2013
GEORGE TOWN - Understanding the role of bees in agriculture, environment and in the people's lives, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is on a mission to save bees from extinction.
It is advancing a natural farming programme by integrating bee-keeping, with the assistance of a bee expert from India.
CAP president S. M. Mohamed Idris said the association had sought the guidance of P. Kaliyamurthi who had successfully set bee boxes, together with bee colonies at a farm in Balik Pulau, Bukit Mertajam and Sungai Petani.
He said Kaliyamurthi was shocked when he failed to find any bee nest at several areas in Penang, Kedah and Perak, while a hunt for natural bee nests over the past week ended with the discovery of only three bee nests.
A farmer in Balik Pulau said that excessive use of pesticides and weed killers is one reason for the dwindling number of bee nests in his area.
A bee that sits on pesticide-covered flower takes the nectar to its colony. That way, the entire colony is poisoned.
Thus, in the last 20 years, there has been a tremendous drop in the number of bee nests," he told a press conference here today.
Mohamed Idris said lack of knowledge on bees was another reason for the extinction of bees.
He said a set of bee box could produce about 1.5 litres of honey in two months.
"This method ensures the bee colony remains in the same bee box for further nectar keeping, unlike in our current methods where the whole colony flies a way to another place," he added.
He said those who were interested to place bee boxes in their area could contact CAP for guidance and advice.-- BERNAMA
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