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Hello everyone. I am from South India. I've been wanting to get started for a few years now. I want to get the bees mainly for pollination in my Coffee farm. I've been running my farm for years now and I hardly ever notice any honey bees. Getting the Coffee plants pollinated will be a bonus for me.

Looking forward to learning from all of you.

Thank you.
 

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Welcome to Beesource. I had no idea that bees helped pollinate coffee, but I see now that they can increase yields by up to 25%. Pretty good reason to start keeping bees!
 

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Hello to you. What type of honey bee is in India?
 

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Well we have the Apis Cerana here. Millifera is also available but not wisely used and I have seen some wild honeybees also on my farm which is a rarity nowadays.
 

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As you mentioned; in India, you have several species of honeybees, much more than most other parts of the world. You could try both Apis mellifera (European) or Apis cerana (Asian). I am not sure which one is more easily available for you though.

There are also some interesting bees in the wild: Apis dorsata and Apis florea, but these have never been completely domesticated. Some people attract Apis dorsata (giant honeybee) on rafters, so that they can collect honey, and help with pollination. The honey is very good, but keep in mind that these wild bees are extremely aggressive. (look up Apis dorsata rafter if you are interested)
 
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