A New and More Rewarding Vocation for Beekeepers in Himachal Pradesh, India

Mountain communities across the Himalayan region have been keeping the indigenous honeybee, Apis cerana in traditional fixed comb log, wall, pitcher, or box hives for centuries. The honey is used as a food sweetener, as a medicine to cure various kinds of diseases and infections, and for religious purposes, and is also bartered or sold. But many mountain communities are unaware of the role bees play in enhancing agricultural productivity through the pollination services they provide.

This is a short abstract written by Dr. Uma Partap.