can anyone tell me how many hives need to be put on a acre of cacao plants and on citric fruit.
am am in ecuador, and will start polination services.
Re: polinating cacao
Honeybees cannot pollinate cacao
The cacao flower, while only about the diameter of a ni
ckel, is complex in design and behavior, necessitating
a special kind of animal to pollinate it. Recent studi
es in cacao plantations indicate that midges, tiny flies
that inhabit the damp, shady rain forest, are the only animals that can work their way through the complex
cacao flower and pollinate it. A member of the same insect family as the "no-see-um" flies that plague us
with their bites, this millimeter-long fly is from the family Ceratopogonidae and the genus
very tiny animal with a very long name. These cacao-pollinating midges are endemic not to plantations, but
to the tropical rain forest itself.