Uganda Honey

Honey in its purest

Invitation to conduct feasibility study to set up beekeeping industry in Chiang Dao Province.

Finally I managed to get my hands on the right adaptor to power up my laptop and to surf after 3 days! Computer is so part and parcel of my life that I will suffer from withdrawal syndrome if I do not work on my computer. Anyway, this was really a sudden pleasant surprise for me to be invited to Chiang Dao (70km North of Chiang Mai). This could be a new journey for my beekeeping life. I am supposed to visit this province to explore on the viabilty in developing a beekeeping industry with the villagers.

Left Singapore for Thailand on 1st March. I had to postpone my trip back to Uganda till 15th March. As usual, landed in Thailand at 2035hrs and got stuck in traffic for about 2hrs before reaching my friend’s house at Charan Sanit.

Traffic jam (One night in Bangkok)

Traffic jam (One night in Bangkok)

Morning comes and we started off the 10hrs drive from Bangkok to Chiang Dao. To make the long trip an interesting one, we stopped at quite a few places for breaks and snacks and to experience some interesting happenings.

Stopping along the roadside for brunch

Stopping along the roadside for brunch

Snacks....snacks.....snacks...

Snacks....snacks.....snacks...

We passed Ayutharad and visited a model agricultural farm set up by the Queen to cater for the farmers. Villagers can come to this farm to learn more about agriculture.

Model agricultural farm for Thai farmers.

Model agricultural farm for Thai farmers.

Mushroom production hut

Mushroom production hut

Cultured mushroom

Cultured mushroom

We discovered we cannot stop anymore if not we will not be able to make it before midnight in Chiang Dao. Beautiful and smooth 10 hrs drive, not like Uganda roads.

Smooth road to Chiang Dao

Smooth road to Chiang Dao

03/03/09 – Today first visit is to a bee farmer who has about 100 beehives in Chiang Dao. He told me he deployed his colonies in Lampun, about 120km from his home. What we did was to inspect his bees in his garden and had a good discussion with him.

Thai beekeeper showing me his bees in his garden.

Thai beekeeper showing me his bees in his garden.

Slowly lifting up the ladies' veils

Slowly lifting up the ladies' veils

The ladies are comfortable with me now after knowing I meant no harm.

The ladies are comfortable with me now after knowing I meant no harm.

Getting a closer look to make sure they are in good health.

Getting a closer look to make sure they are in good health.

Arranging them back in place before closing up the hive

Arranging them back in place before closing up the hive

The italian species are definitely more sweet and gentle compared to their cousins, the African honeybees.

The Italian species are definitely more gentle in its behaviour compared to their cousins, the African honeybees.

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March 3, 2009 - Posted by | apiculture, bee colony, bee hive, beekeeping journal, honey | , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Wow – Nice post. I’m interested in beekeeping. Can you provide me the address or location to the Chiang Dao guy in the photo? I really wanted to visit his farm. I’m considering to try this in a small -scaled. Thank.

    Comment by Chris | February 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. i like your work and i am happy that any one take a step for beekeeping development. very nice blog

    Comment by beekeeping clothing | January 19, 2010 | Reply

  3. In most occassions I do not make comments on blogs, but I want to say that this post really forced me to do so. Really nice post!

    Comment by vanity Phone 866 | November 28, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hi Lesster,
    Just keeping in touch and ready to know more on extending honey production in our farm in Nepal. And to the village. Organic Himalaya is getting known in Singapore after a few write-ups in the press. Drastic water shortage in the farm area. Our raw honey is such a hit and people appreciate its varied tastes and hue. Can’t get enough. When are you next in Singapore or this area? I will be in Nepal mid-June. Will write more by e-mail. Bees forever. Cynthia

    Comment by Cynthia Wee-Hoefer | May 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Cynthia,
      How are you? Glad to see you here. I will be starting the bee project in Chiangdao end of this year. Will be traveling in Thailand for at least two and a half month. If my schedule is ok, I would love to visit Nepal and your farm to see whether we can do anything there. Best regards,
      Lesster

      Comment by Lesster | May 2, 2009 | Reply


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