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Beekeeping in Laos

Beekeeping in Laos

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Regular readers of Bees for Development Journal will recall our reviews of the films Horst Wendorf has prepared on beekeeping in Zambia and in the Philippines. This DVD describes the five year beekeeping project by the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office in Oudomxay Province in Laos partnered by German Agro-Action with the assistance of DED.

The overall aims were the sustainable use of natural resources and an increase in productivity which would lead to greater income and improved living standards for the local population. The film is honest about the outcomes of the project and the ways to move forward. Top-bar hives were introduced to local beekeepers using log hives. These were not a success, with the beekeepers finding it difficult to manage the bees in the new hives and wasps and other predators became a problem. More training will be provided and the good news is there is no evidence of a decline in the number of bees in the area. Not only educational, this is an entertaining film for all bee enthusiasts.

 

2005 45 minutes English and Lao language