Compare beekeeping in Vietnam to that in the Philippines
Vietnam statistics & honeybee colonies…
Vietnam population: 90 million, Area: 331,200 square kms, Ethnic groups 54, Average latitude: 14 N, Climate: tropical, Native honeybees: A. cerana, A. dorsata
Apis mellifera approx 1,300,000 colonies, Apis cerana approx 400,000 colonies
Typical honey yield per Apis cerana colony: 10 to 14 kg per colony per year
National honey production: approx. 30,000 tons/year
Philippines statistics & honeybee colonies…
Philippines population: 95 million, Area: 305,000 square kms, Ethnic groups 50, Average latitude: 13 N, Climate: tropical, Native honeybees: A. cerana, A. dorsata
Apis mellifera approx 5,000 colonies, Apis cerana approx 1,800 colonies
Typical honey yield per Apis cerana colony: 1.8 kg per colony per year
National honey production: approx. 110 tons/year
Impact on crop yields in each country…
Just over 1,000 kms of sea separates these two similar countries, but there are striking differences in their cultural attitudes towards bees. These cultural attitudes have contributed to the profound differences between the two countries in agricultural productivity. The excellent pollination environment in Vietnam is a major factor enabling their yields for many crops including coffee, mangos, coconuts, and cotton to be much greater than in the Philippines which has a weakening pollination environment.
Most decision makers in the Philippine government departments still appear to be unaware of the evidence and impact of the pollination crisis affecting their country, and that appropriate actions are needed to improve the situation and to prevent it getting even worse. Surely it is the duty of key decision makers to enquire and engage with important issues that affect their department and country.
Statistics for crop yields in Vietnam compared to the Philippines…
Coffee yields are about 500% (5 times) greater in Vietnam
Mango yields are about 100% (2 times) greater in Vietnam
Coconut yields are about 100% (2 times) greater in Vietnam
Cotton yields are about 30% (a third) greater in Vietnam.