Mangaluru: Honeybee fencing might be effective against elephants

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Feb 21: Villages all over the state who reside near the forests face the problem of wild animals, pests etc which destroy their crops. The fields visited by the elephants lay in ruins when the pachyderms go away. Even though the government has been taking scientific measures including modern methods, they have not been very successful. Therefore, the department is assessing the effectiveness of an old system known as honeybee fencing, one of the older systems of protecting crops.

The method has been largely successful in Bandipur and Nagarahole areas, as also some areas of Uttara Kannada district. As the elephants are extremely wary of honeybees, the bee fencing can force them to backtrack. The forest department wants to recommend this method, which has been successful in Maharashtra, to the government as it is cost-effective.

In places like Sullia, Kadaba and Beltangady, the forest department is trying to thwart the march of the wild animals through methods like solar fencing, hanging fence, elephant moats etc. A modern method which sensors identify the advancing of animals to the human habitats with the help of modern equipment and they force the animals to go back by making strange sounds. But this method has not been very successful.

The advantage of honey fencing is that they are easy to procure and preserve, the pollination process becomes faster, and the farmers get fresh honey.



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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    '#Correction ,Bees are not harmful so long one doesnt disturb them.

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    What about human beings passing across? Will the honey bees be instructed not to attach human being?. May be some board may have to be put up warning the bees. (!!!)

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    Elephants have a thick skin to be scared of Honeybees ...

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    bees target nostrils and ears.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Feb 21 2021

    Jossey S.Mumbai,they may have thick skin but they are very scary when bees enter their ears or eyes.same with ants.Honey bees are harmful to people so long they dont disturb them or attach .No fire please.

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2021

    Bro, here we have some thick skinned commentators who keep posting insensitive comments.. LOL...

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Feb 22 2021


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