The good thing is that this solution is scalable. "The crops that make up the honey band should not necessarily be limited to a certain hectare area. It is quite possible to plant 40-50 thousand hectares or more with different crops. The bees will have enough work at this scale," says Sadykov.
Using technology for greater impact
For BES-Net and its partners, learning is an ongoing process. To improve the honey areas adjacent to the hives, it is essential to plant honey crops such as linden, willow, chestnut, buckthorn, and other tree and shrub species. For each plant, exceptional agricultural techniques must be applied, such as irrigation (depending on the plant and the region), collection of the mature inflorescences, drying and threshing, so that they can be resown the next year.
Mixed or combined seeding is important, for example, by harvesting one crop when the other crop is halfway through flowering so that bees can bring honey throughout the year. Ideally, bees have a supply of nectar and pollen from March to the end of November. Technologies and methods like these manage to unite the interests of researchers and farmers.