In our Agriculture for Everybody blog series, we are going to see Improving Productivity with Bees.
Everyone knows that Bees play a major role in cross-pollination. This will, in fact, improve the productivity to a greater extent in varying levels in different crops.
An acre of land can accommodate a minimum of 4 Beehives.
There are few options with regard to bees. They are:
- Keeping Beehives on your own in your farm
- Requesting Beehive owners to place their beehives in your farm
- Inducing Bees to come to your farm
- By this practice, you get both productivity in crops as well different by-product from the Beehives.
Requesting Beehive owners to place to their beehives in your farm
- By this method, you get productivity as well as a share of the by-product of the Beehives and this can be negotiated with the Beehive owners.
Inducing Bees to come to your farm
- The following crops will induce the bees to come to your farm which will in turn help your main crops productivity
- Golden Show Tree (Sara Kondrai)
- Indian Kino Tree (Vengai)
- Indian Almond (Naval)
- East Indian Walnut (Vaagai)
- Cashewnut Tree (Munthiri)
- Manila Tamarind (Kodukapuli)
- Nila Sampangi
- Broad Beans (Avarai)
- Blackgram (Ulundu)
- Cowpea (Karamani /Thattapariyu)
- Chickpeas (Konda Kadalai)
- Puncture Vine (Nerunji)
- Poosani Varieties
- Umbrella Thorn (Kudaivel)
- Palmyrah (Male Pannai)
- Arecanut (Paakku)
- Lucerne (Kudirai Masal)
- Soya Beans
- Indian Jubube ((Elanthai)
- Theekuchi Maram
- Neer Maruthu
- Chebulic Myrobalan (Kadukkai)