A word about Rafter Beekeeping in NW Cambodia...
A tradition hidden from the outside world until 2004, rafter beekeeping has been practiced in the shadow of Angkor Wat possibly since the days of Suryavarman II—no one knows for sure.
What is known is that Rafter Beekeeping in the Siem Reap area is confined now to just a few villages—villages where the traditional practice of one-cut-take-all harvesting, combined with habitant loss and the introduction and often generous use of agricultural pesticides, is taking its toll on the local honeybee population. Honey-hunters and rafter-beekeepers here have noticed the decline for years. They just accepted it. But they now realize that they can actually do something about it. The decisions they make are beginning to impact their world.
If you’re in Siem Reap, are passionate about honeybees, and would like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get out with a Cambodian honey-hunter/rafter beekeeper and watch him at work—or just observe rafter beekeeping up close—then please join Bees Unlimited--Your Temple Tour Alternative,
on a Bee Tour, keeping in mind that this is a seasonal activity, normally best between the months of November and April.
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