3.9. 2018: Final meeting before the practical implementation of the “Beekeeping in Bangladesh” project

The BRAC project partners organised a meeting with a university professor of apiculture from Bangladesh who had already taken part in other beekeeping-related projects of the government-supported agricultural research foundation – the KGF.

The KGF director expressed his preparedness to cooperate and exchange information regarding the pilot project with the Carniolan Honey Bee in Bangladesh.

Those present at the meeting agreed that the project is an excellent opportunity for the transfer of knowledge, introduction of modern technology and the possibility to produce and sell higher-quality apicultural products.

At the meeting the professor invited us to his study and research laboratory, and generously shared with us valuable information about his projects so far. His engagement and passion for bees lead to fruitful discussions with the local beekeepers, who trust him and consequently trust the possible introduction of a new subspecies of honey bee.

The project has been conceived in three parts. The first season will be devoted almost exclusively to the checking of optimum conditions for the good utilisation of pasture and for the keeping of queen bees. The goal for the first season is to be successful.

The second season will be devoted to the analysis of weaknesses and an even better utilisation of the  advantages of the Carniolan honey bee and of the subtropical climate in Bangladesh. The goal for this second season is to provide training for a larger number of tutors and beekeepers who will then spread their knowledge in different beekeeping workshops.

The third season will be devoted to marketing and making a profit, and to the promotion of honey and other apicultural products.

Throughout this process the Carniolan Honey Bee will follow the blossoming and nectar flow of the most common nectar plants in Bangladesh: mustard, coriander, black cumin, lychee, and mangroves.