Beekeeping and cashew in north-eastern Brazil: The balance of honey and nut production
Breno M Freitas
The north-east of Brazil is an area suitable for beekeeping. The climate, Aw13 is warm all year with an average temperature of 27oc. Local variations in rainfall (800-1500 mm/year), types of soils and altitudes contribute to the presence of a rich and diverse vegetation and create miera-regions with their own distinct flora and different flowering periods. Consequently, honey bees (Apis mellifera) are always active, and at any time of year there is at least one of these miera-regions where bees can forage. Beekeepers take advantage of these conditions by having apiaries in micro-regions with different characteristics or by moving their colonies between micro-regions.
Beekeeping, Cashew Nuts, North-Eastern Brazil, Honey Prodcution, Nut Production