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Bee-pak and its benefits
Although CCD or colony collapse disorder is not a problem in South Africa, our bees appear to be made of sturdy stuff and have until now managed to resist the effects of CCD, the cause of which is still unknown.
South Africa however does not have enough bees to produce honey and pollinate the number of crops that need pollinating worldwide.
Purely by providing bees with hives which are not made of wood, which brings with it a slew of attendant issues, the bees can increase productivity dramatically. Bees spend large amounts of time doing things like keeping the inside of the hive cool in summer, or on cooler days to consume their stores of honey to help increase their body heat. These activities contribute to faster die off in the colony, meaning that there will be fewer bees to do pollinate or produce honey.
These modular units are more resistant to the various problems which befall wooden hives. A batch of units were tested in areas with widely varying climactic conditions from snow, to frost, rainfall, sunny and windy, thus ensuring that these hives are appropriate and bees would want to stay in them.
These hives are also yielding nearly 30percent more than a normal wooden hive. This is partly due to bees being able to expend their energy on foraging rather than exhausting themselves on creating better conditions within the hive. It also means that the bees that were working on the interior environment of the hive are now free to join the foragers, increasing the yield from the hive.
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