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Devastating floods impact Beekeeping in Imphal East District

by Konthoujam Gita
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Devastating floods impact Beekeeping in Imphal East District

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Imphal, June 15:

The All Manipur Beekeepers’ Association (AMBA), accompanied by Th. Joysana Meetei, a Life Time Board Member of the All India National Bee Board (NBB), New Delhi conducted an extensive inspection of the devastating impact recent floods have had on beekeeping communities in the villages of Maiba Khul, Mongjam, and Koirengei. The inspection, carried out on June 14, 2024, revealed significant damage, with approximately 200 beehives destroyed and numerous bee colonies lost.
The inspection team, comprising Nagngom Khelemba, Vice President, AMBA, W. Dinamani, Treasurer, AMBA, Dr. Atom Sunil Singh, Secretary, AMBA, and H. Folo Singh, Assistant Secretary, AMBA, observed widespread destruction. The floodwaters had swept away many beehives, leaving behind scenes of devastation with countless dead bees.
W. Dinamani expressed the Association’s commitment to supporting the affected beekeepers, stating, “We will do our utmost to provide assistance to the beekeepers of Manipur during this challenging time.” Nagngom Khelemba described the situation as “quite unfortunate,” reflecting on the significant hardships faced by the beekeeping community.
Dr. Atom Sunil Singh highlighted the broader environmental impact, noting, “The recent floods in Imphal Valley, particularly in Imphal East District, have had a detrimental effect on bee populations. Flooding leads to the inundation of nest-cells and mould growth, which threaten the brood of soil-nesting bees. This reduction in bee numbers can have far-reaching consequences, as bees are essential for pollination, which is vital for biodiversity and agriculture. The loss of bees can result in decreased crop yields and a potential loss of biodiversity, affecting food security and ecosystems.”
Th. Joysana Meetei emphasised the severity of the situation, stating, “The water level was so high that there was no time to rescue the bees.” The Association underscores the urgent need for conservation efforts to protect bee populations and their habitats to mitigate these impacts.
The All Manipur Beekeepers’ Association calls on local authorities and the broader community to join in efforts to support the recovery and resilience of beekeepers and to safeguard the essential role bees play in our environment and agriculture.

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