The beekeepers’ association of Bhutan in Bumthang will transport, for the first time, some of its beehives to Haa on a trial basis. The association’s chairperson, Tekh Bahadur Pulami, said around 100 hives will be selected from the 34 members to be moved by April end this year. He said the plan is to keep the bees in Haa for a month and a half, which also has flowering plants like in Bumthang, such as apple, clover and buckwheat. The association would then take back the hives to Bumthang to extract honey.
On the day of shifting, the hive’s entrance will be closed in the early hours, before the worker bees are out. The association would have to hire a few heavy vehicles, and need some people to spray water on the hives, when they reach low altitudes. The association is however worried about the fund required for transportation. Pulami said they are waiting for some support from the department of agricultural marketing and cooperatives (DAMC). DAMC’s senior marketing officer, Dawa Tshering, said the association has verbally proposed about the fund, during a recent meeting with the cooperatives in Gelephu, but said they have not received any proposals yet.
He said if transportation were crucial for the business, the department would look into it. “We can support in group management and technically, if needed,” he said. In 2006, the association took two hives to Bjemina, six to Haa and another two to Khasa near Khasadrapchu. Haa was found to have the potential for honey production.