Commercial pollination is a critical component of orchard management. The transfer of pollen from the male anther to the female stigma of the flowers is one of the essential steps in the process of growing fruit or seeds. The agents that carry out this transfer are varied, but the two most important are wind (15%) & insects (85%). Bees are the most important insect pollinators (80%) to ensure fruit or seed set.
Honey bees have highly adapted bodies covered in tiny hairs that develop static electricity which allows their hairs to collect as many as 40,000 pollen grains on their bodies.
In south Africa, the value added to crops in paid pollination, is over R4 Billion per year of which R2 Billion is from fruit crops.
In certain parts of the country such as the Boland, bees make up around 98% of the deciduous fruit pollinators and in general, the fruit industry is almost entirely dependent on a healthy honey bee population.
Research also suggests that the introduction of commercial honeybees also improves fruit set, fruit weight & quality.
We also ensure the hives are placed in the optimal location, taking temperature and wind conditions into account. Both of these factors are highly important for effective pollination.