The History of Honeybees in the Solomon Islands

People have been eating honey in the Solomon Islands for as long as people have been living here.  At first the honey came from the wild bush bee.  People would look for wild bush bee colonies and take the honey.

In the 1950s Europeans brought the European honeybee to the Solomon Islands. They began to keep these honeybees on their plantations.  Solomon Islanders soon learned how to raise honeybees too.  In 1985 the first organised beekeeper’s association began.  The Solomon Island Honey Cooperative Association was formed in 1989, and the honey industry began to grow.

In 1992 the Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture started a beekeeping section to help farmers with their honeybee business.  By 1999 the honey industry had grown to over 500 beekeepers with over 2,000 beehives.  These hives produced about 75 metric tons, or 75,000 kilograms of honey.  The future of beekeeping in the Solomon Islands still looks good.  There is room for more bees and beekeepers producing more honey in the Solomon Islands.

Activity: Think- Pair- Share

This activity is to help you create your own ideas on why people may or may not want to keep bees.

  1. Think quietly about why you think people would want to keep bees. Then write in your exercise books at least three of these reasons.
  2. When your teacher asks you, turn to another person and talk about your answers (Pair).
  3. You and your partner may be asked to share your answers with the class (Share).
  4. With the same partner, think of some reasons people may NOT want to keep bees. Write these in your exercise book.
  5. Discuss these as a class.
  6. Now compare your answers with the reasons given in the following notes.

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