FIFTEEN students from SMK Kuala Ketil near Sungai Petani, Kedah, returned home rich in experience after a visit to a honey bee breeding farm in Charak Tualang, Mukim Tawar in Baling.
In conjunction with the World Earth Day 2019, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) brought the students to the Sherwani Honey Bee farm.
The students were first briefed by the bee breeder R. Radiga via a video presentation.
CAP’s natural farming project coordinator N.V. Subbarow said the theme for this year’s celebration was ‘Protect Our Species’ and the visit was to create an awareness to protect the bees.
“The rapid extinction of the species today is the result of human activities.
“The widespread use of pesticides, insecticides, loss of biodiversity, and monoculture have posed a threat to the bees around the world.
“Insecticides were found in 70% of dead bees tested by Health Canada in 2013 and it eventually led to a ban in Europe,” he added.
He said bees are an integral part of natural farming as they help in pollination.
“Honey bees travel from flower to flower, collecting nectar and pollen grains.
“The bees collect the pollen and as they fly from flower to flower, some of the pollen grains are transferred onto the stigma of the flowers. Thus, their role in cross pollination is of great importance,” he said.
Subbarow said bees travel 24km per hour and they could make more than 900 trips from flower to nest and uncountable times from flower to flower.
“Hopping from one flower to another helps in cross pollination, and thus, increases the yield up to 20 to 30%.
“Besides that, farmers are able to collect pure honey which has many health benefits and since ancient times, it has been used as natural remedy for many diseases,” he said.
Those who want to have a bee-friendly garden at their home can contact CAP for guidance and advice at 04-8299511.