Battambang Community Bee Keepers

Battambang: A beekeeping community is helping feed families.

Community leaders told journalists that at first they previously discussed all kinds of farming and decided to create bee farms, supported with some of the materials and techniques from a Korean group.

The president of the community, “Khamko Kilo 38”, has said today that the bee breeding process is not yet over, however only 5 or 6 families get good results from this business.

Im Sopheak said that for crops such as corn, peanut, soybean and chili peppers for planting, Thai brokers did not operate smoothly and the prices often dropped.

However, he was interested in beekeeping because the business earns the most, and many people are not making pure honey, but mix the product with sugar.

Boeung Vuthy, 29, a member of the Beehive Association, said that she earned an annual income of two million Riel ($500) from the 14 hives she and her husband take care of.

She said that their honey can be harvested twice a year. It is possible every 3 to 4 months, but the amount of honey is irregular, with less during the dry season.

Once harvested, honey is taken to the community site because the community leader advises how to pack and help find buyers that keep the correct market value.

Rasmei Kampuchea

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