Piloting of Flow Hive Technology
Flow hive technology is advantageous in terms of easy harvesting of honey without causing much disturbances to honey bees besides ensuring hygienic harvest. With the support of CARLEP project, 7 households at Namchazor, Langchenphu gewog under Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag and 1 household each at Pangthang Daza under Zobel gewog and Gonpowoong under Shumar gewog, Pemagatshel were distributed with a flow hive set for piloting. These households are already engaged in apiculture and currently produces around 8 bottles (750 ml bottle) of honey on an average by rearing Apis Cerena and an average of 2.5 bottles of honey by rearing Trigona species earning an annual average income of Nu. 8143.00 by the former and Nu. 11830.00 by the latter. The piloting of this technology on Apis Cerena will be assessed periodically and if proven successful, the technology will be up-scaled in other apiculture farmers on cost-sharing.