La Residence has four bee hives on the estate which produce honey for our guests, and have a remarkably beneficial impact on the surrounding ecosystem. In South Africa bees contribute to both food security and poverty alleviation.
Honey bees are regarded as the most important insect pollinator globally. They are generalist pollinators which means they visit a wide variety of flowering plants. What makes them particularly special is their ability to be managed by beekeepers. They can be kept in hives and moved to better foraging conditions.
Many crops are dependent on bee pollination. Through pollination, bees ensure a reliable and diverse seed and fruit supply. Data shows that the use of commercial honey bees for pollination improves fruit set, fruit weight and quality.
Recently, it’s become evident that pollinator-dependent crops are principal sources of many micronutrients, including vitamins A and C, calcium, fluoride and folic acid 10. Bees pollinate most of these crops.
Bees contribute, indirectly, to job creation and employment, both at beekeeping and farm level. This is a huge contribution to food security and poverty alleviation.
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