The relationship between rainfall and honey production in the district of Coronie, Surinam
J G Beerlink
The republic of Surinam is located on the Atlantic coast of the north-east of South America. The climate is humid-tropical and almost the entire interior of the country is covered with tropical rain forest. Most of the 400000 inhabitants live on the coastal plain in the north of the country, where rice and other crops are cultivated using irrigation. Coronie is a coastal district in the western part of Surinam. Large areas of this district consist of open swamps and hydrophytic forests. Along the coast an extensive mangrove forest is found, The annual rainfall in Coronie (1 500 mm) is less than in any other district of Surinam. The population of about 3 000 people and the agricultural activities are concentrated along the coast in the western part of Coronie. Rice (Oryza sativa) and coconut (Cocos nucifera) are the most important crops.