Bees Unlimited Siem Reap

Apis cerana


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Unlike the neighbouring countries of Thailand, Vietnam, and even Laos, where an age-old tradition of keeping Asian Hive Honeybees exists, there is no such tradition in Cambodia.

Of no interest to honey hunters (whose focus is fixed on A. florea and A. dorsata), A. cerana colonies are, however, plundered by villagers eager for some free honey or brood. Early on, Bees Unlimited played a major role in introducing low-input, appropriate technology beekeeping to farmers in NW Cambodia, by catching swarms, transferring feral colonies to top-bar hives at family homes, and teaching villagers basic hive management; but beekeeping just hasn't taken off here.

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