Special Management Practices of Beekeeping, and Honey Forages

Introducing queen cells, uniting two colonies by mixing larvae, transportation of colonies at night are special management practices at beekeeping. A honeycomb has several queen cells. One queen cell is selected, and the other queen cells are destroyed. If bees of two colonies are mixed, they fight each other. Therefore larvae are mixed at uniting two colonies. Due to bees always go outside, and try to escape in the daytime, colonies are transported at night. Otherwise, they will be fed up and die. Pests and diseases of bees…

Sustainable agriculture that enhances the environmental quality at farming

Sustainable agriculture is an integrated system in which a site-specific application (over the long term) is available in plant and animal production practices by enhancing environmental quality and the natural resource base (related to the agricultural economy). Importance of sustainable agriculture The environment is protected, and soil fertility is improved by the practices of sustainable agriculture. Natural resource base and profitable farm incomes are also improved. The goal of sustainable agriculture is decreasing…

Why Carrot is so orange and Blueberries are so blue?

Fruits and vegetables come in different colors; green, red, orange, yellow, blue, etc.. which together in plate make a rainbow, and each of these colors are a result of different pigments, and each one of which offers different health benefits. So a plate full of colorful fruits and vegetables gives you plenty of health benefits. Here is presenting some of them. The different fruit colors are a result of It is generally considered, that the darker the color, the greater the health benefit the product offers. Thus; dark…

Agroforestry which combines forestry and agricultural technologies

Agroforestry is the interaction of agriculture and trees such as the agricultural use of trees, and it comprises trees on farms and in agricultural landscapes, farming in forests and along forest margins, and tree-crop production (Example: cocoa, coffee, rubber, and oil palm). Agroforestry systems are land management practices that trees and shrubs are produced on the same land area as agricultural crops or livestock. Agroforestry systems have trees, crops, or livestock on the same land area, and diversity, productivity,…

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The state of Agritourism in Sri Lanka

Tourism has traditionally been the third-largest foreign exchange earner in Sri Lanka because of its natural beauty. Now tourism combined with agriculture has been created a new pathway; Agritourism. In Sri Lanka, cultivation is strictly divided into two main seasons; namely, Yala & Maha. The main cultivation season is the Maha season which commences in early November and ends in March. Yala season commences in April and ends around early October. The timing of the commencement of agricultural activities in these two…

Digital Agriculture that integrates precision farming and smart farming

Digital Agriculture is the use of new and advanced technologies to enable farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture value chain to improve food production by integrating into one system. Actionable intelligence and meaningful value addition are developed from the presence and availability of data at digital farming. Both precision farming and smart farming are integrated into digital farming. Advantages of digital farming Increasing farm production, saving costs in the long term, and eliminating risks, real-time…

Terrace farming: The method that can conserve soil, and water

Terrace farming is cutting flat areas from the hilly or mountainous landscapes for cultivating crops. This method is used in the rice fields of Asia. And also, terracing is applied to the steep slopes of the Andes in South America. Terracing is used to support cultivating crops that require irrigation, such as rice. Rice requires a lot of water and a flat area. When there is a flat area, the paddy field can be flooded easily. Tea farmers also use terrace farming for tea cultivation. Advantages of terrace farming Advantages…

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