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Hi all,

I'm Cong. I come from Vietnam. Now, I'm a student studying in Wellington, NZ.

My family (my aunts, uncles, brothers, my father's brothers...) are beekeepers and we have been working in this field for more than 20 years. My father is quite success since he has been raising around 3000 bee hives recent years. I know that beekeeping in Vietnam and NZ is quite dissimilar, so we might have a lot to talk about.

First of all, I'm not good at English. Although it's really hard to me to describe something, I will try my best.

I don't know where to start so I will let you ask question first. It can be any such as how we extracting honey, bee diseases in Vietnam, using axit formic, equipment we use, creating a queen bee... (My father is a worker only, after extracted honey, we will sell raw honey. So, the processes after that we might not know).

 

Many things I don't know and I will need to ask my father first then I will answer. Feel free to ask me.

 

I want to have some beekeeping experiences in NZ, Is there any suggestions?

 

Forgive me if I make any mistakes.

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Hi Cong , I have to agree with you that many beekeeper back home are giving up their job , so sad to know that they get paid only 30,000VND ( $2.5 NZD ) per liter of raw honey ! Welcome to the forum

Some new images about beekeeping in Vietnam

Also enjoyed reading this thread, but has been no discussion for awhile so was wondering if you where still about., beekeeping sounds very challenging in your country

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What breed of bees to you use.

Welcome along to the forum Cong

After have a look at some picture about bee in this page, I think we have a similar breed of bees. We raise Italian Bees. We do not use domestic bee to make honey because they are just about a half size and really hard to keep them.

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Welcome thanks for posting. Do all your hives consist of a single box? Looks so different

Each box is a home of a single hive(1 queen, thousands of bee worker, and few male bees). you can see a picture below, hope it is easier for you to image.

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Do you have a varroa problem?

I don't remember much but at least, there are two main type of varroa we got. 1 is black color and 1 is white color. We use formic axit and a some kind of drugs (come from China) to kill them. (I will ask my father for which kind is used to kill which kind of varroa).

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A 'hive' is a house for bees.

A 'colony' is a family of bees.

For your pictures :censored:

Sorry if I make any mistakes, I got trouble with the words. I'm not good at English.:cry:

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what is also interesting is the cuts on the tree trunks.

They are rubble trees. These cuts are used to extract (rubber) resin which is to make something like tiers, elastic mattresses...

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What diseases are your bees battling?

Do you have Varroa in Vietnam?

May be the same as yours. Varroa is one of the biggest problems in our country. two main kinds of them (one with black color and another is white).

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