Rafters for Putyokan wild honeybees

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In some parts of Indonesia local techniques called Tingkus are used to manage Putyokan (Apis dorsata) colonies so that honey harvesting is easier.  This technique is similar to ‘rafter beekeeping’ in Vietnam, and has great potential in the Philippines.

This technique comes close to the ‘cultivation’ of the wild honeybee, and could greatly improve the potential honey harvested.  This also avoids the ongoing destruction of wild colonies which is causing so much damage to bee populations and crop yields.

Rafter or Tingku

A Tingku is made of roughly planed wood plank, or a tree trunk.  The lengths of the planks vary between 2.0 and 3.5 m, with widths of 10-25 cm, or 10-20 cm diameter for tree trunks. According to the honey collectors, wood 3-10 cm thick is strong enough to support the honeybees’ nest.

Reference …

Bees for Development journal 64
http://www.planbee.org.uk/uploads/BfDJ64%20Tingku016.pdf

About Julian

Julian Wright is a British agricultural scientist married to a Philippine teacher, who has a house and some land planted to coconuts and other crops near Dumaguete in the Philippines.
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