Bees come to visit the Valley

In India, they have a wonderful system in Himachal Pradesh. The traditional Bee Keepers of the local area will travel to the orchards in the villages around the Spiti Valley, with as many as 50 or 60 beehives in the back of their trucks. Once the snow has melted in the Spring, and the blossom is once more on the apple and apricot trees, the bees are brought to the orchards to pollinate the fruit blossom. The Bee Keepers will be contracted to go round the orchards week by week for the bees to do their job, and they travel from village to village. When the job is done, and the hives are full of honey, drivers stop by the roadside to sell their product.

This is a new enterprise that has come to the Spiti Valley because of climate change. With the weather becoming warmer, the Government has subsidised the local farmers to plant apple trees as a new commercial enterprise. So far, this is proving to be highly successful.

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