Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Improving Productivity with Bees

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

Keeping Beehives on your own in 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
    • Coconut
    • Golden Show Tree (Sara Kondrai)
    • Indian Kino Tree (Vengai)
    • Indian Almond (Naval)
    • East Indian Walnut (Vaagai)
    • Cashewnut Tree (Munthiri)
    • Manila Tamarind (Kodukapuli)
    • Guava
    • Sapota
    • Moringa
    • Onion
    • Cotton
    • Nila Sampangi
    • Broad Beans (Avarai)
    • Blackgram (Ulundu)
    • Cowpea (Karamani /Thattapariyu)
    • Chickpeas (Konda Kadalai)
    • Puncture Vine (Nerunji)
    • Poosani Varieties
    • Karuvel
    • Velvel
    • Umbrella Thorn (Kudaivel)
    • Palmyrah (Male Pannai)
    • Arecanut  (Paakku)
    • Sunflower
    • Coriander
    • Thumbai
    • Lucerne (Kudirai Masal)
    • Soya Beans
    • Indian Jubube ((Elanthai)
    • Theekuchi Maram
    • Eluppai
    • Agathi
    • Elavam
    • Neer Maruthu
    • Naval
    • Mango
    • Neem
    • Tamarind
    • Pungan
    • Chebulic Myrobalan (Kadukkai)
    • Banana
    • Gingely

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