My name’s Greg and I’m interested in starting hive this year.
I plan to purchase some bees (probably from Thailand) but was advised not to buy apis mellifera as these are less resistant to predators and may spread disease among the native Lao bee population.
However, some sites in Thailand suggest that apis cerana don’t produce much honey. The (Falang) beekeepers in Thailand seem to have apis mellifera.
My goal is to have an interesting hobby, produce some honey to swap, as well as eventually show the Lao relatives a way to earn extra money without negatively impacting the environment.
I haven’t noticed any bees in the area (6 km out of Pakse) so catching a swarm or relocating a wild hive probably isn’t realistic. I don’t know of any apiarists in the area.
Any feedback would be gratefully received.