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Beekeeping with Indian hive bee Apis cerana indica F. in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands


, : Beekeeping with Indian hive bee Apis cerana indica F. in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indian Bee Journal 55(1/2): 1-8

Apis cerana colonies have been successfully kept (in hives) on the islands since 1980. Flowering plants provide a good nectar flow from January to May, but careful colony management is needed during the prolonged rainy season (June-October). Feeding with sugar has been found impractical because of the unpredictable weather and the high humidity, so it is essential to leave enough honey in a hive for the dearth period.

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