Category Archives: Crop yields & pollination

Why bees are important !

This is the Epilogue from the novel Bees have been discovered in amber over 100 million years old, frozen in time, as if immortalized in their own honey. Bees were buzzing around the first flowers during the age of the dinosaurs, … Continue reading

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Black & white awareness leaflet

This leaflet is intended to constructively show why bees are important and also to show how honey hunters can obtain more honey by altering their harvesting methods, and at the same time help improve crop yields. (The Putyokan and Ligwan honeybees … Continue reading

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Wasted potential in the Philippines

I hope Philippine government officials read the following email content from a leading agricultural scientist in Vietnam… I was surprised when between Vietnam and the Philippine, in general, external conditions are almost similar to each other, but in the beekeeping development … Continue reading

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Small Coconut Farmers meeting

Zamboanguita, Philippines. 17th October 2014 Invited in morning to join the local coconut farmer’s review meeting by my father-in-law, and told I could also meet there the regional Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) advisor (PCDM). My father-in-law was wearing his green ZASCOFAMCO short sleeve shirt and … Continue reading

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What is the purpose of the male sex?

This is a biological question and not a ‘sexist’ question. It is biologically quite possible to clone animals, and even in nature some animals can reproduce without needing the male sex. Plants can be reproduced vegetatively, or by using runners etc. … Continue reading

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Why are so many Filipinos afraid of bees?

In the Philippines the mention of the word ‘bee’ often causes instant fear, whereas most other cultures think of bees as ‘friendly’ useful insects.   Why?  Here are some quoted reasons…. A ‘bee’ stung them very painfully, or stung their friend.  It is almost … Continue reading

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Tagalog & English awareness leaflets

This  Native language awareness leaflet pdf is in Tagalog and is designed for printing on both sides of A4.  It is intended to help raise awareness in rural communities about pollination and the role of bees in the agricultural environment. All the educational material … Continue reading

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Action needed to help farmers and honey hunters !

The following 5 actions will help not only these two groups, but can have cascading positive effects for rural communities … 1)  Agricultural and public awareness of [p2p type=”slug” value=”crop-yields-and-pollination”]pollination[/p2p] is essential – education needs to communicate at the very simplest the … Continue reading

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Teachers – helping students with their future

Students can enjoy learning about honeybees – and this will help their future prospects! The ‘bad news’ is there is a problem, but the ‘good news’ is that there is a solution. The problem – Declining agricultural productivity and low incomes … Continue reading

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Crop yield forecasts for 2014 and beyond

Crop forecasting methods often rely on extrapolating past figures into the future. It would also be useful to try and identify the many possible factors that combine to affect the yield per hectare and the total production figures. For this assessment … Continue reading

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Pollination and crop yields

Pollination is the transfer of the microscopic male pollen particles to the female parts of the plant which is done principally by wind or insects (mainly bees). Pollination is nature’s way of the plants having sex to make new plants. … Continue reading

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