Indonesian-American Farmer Shares His Passion for Bees
Mulyadi Ibrahim starts his day greeting his queens.My wife says the queens are my girlfriends because I spent so much time taking care of them.His love for bees began thirty years ago when he discovered the art of beekeeping while studying agriculture in Canada.He's been studying them for years and treats the little flying insects like his friends.So we have to treat these as living things, meaning when they're sick they need medication. They need to be fed and that's our role.We have to care for these bees so they survive-they call this sustainability.
Born and raised in Indonesia, Mulyadi completed his studies in Canada before moving to the United States in 1995.His friends call him MO.His fascination for bees and honey production led him to start his own company - MOES Bee Apiaries.The beekeeping business is closely tied to food production and it's vital to agriculture production.
Mulyadi出生于印度尼西亚，并在那里长大，后来在加拿大完成学业，并于1995年移居美国。他的朋友们戏谑他是卫生干事。他狂热迷恋着蜜蜂和蜂蜜制品，以至于后来他开创了自己的公司- MOES 养蜂场。养蜂业和粮食生产息息相关，对农业生产至关重要。
I have 32 colonies here.Every year in early February, we provide services to almond farmers.Mulyadi charges 150 dollars to rent his bees during the flowering cycle which typically lasts between four to six weeks.He also exports queen bees to other states that want to start their own colonies.Northern California's subtropical climate is ideal for growing a wide variety of agricultural products, but many of the insects that pollinate them are either extinct or in short supply.So demand for Mulyadi's insects are high.He says the biggest challenge for beekeepers is making sure the bees stay healthy.There are various types of illnesses that can harm bee colonies.There is a virus that can cause CCD or colony collapse disorder which can kill an entire colony in three to six months.
Like his bees, Mulyadi never stops working.He hopes to someday expand his bee farm to over 1,000 colonies.His dream to one day return to his home country of Indonesia and share his intimate knowledge of nature's little helpers,tiny busy friends that convert the world's flowers into honey and turns them into the fruits and vegetables that feed the world.
Maria Iman-Santoso and Naras Prameswari in Willows, California, Ariono Arifin VOA news
美国之音新闻，加利福尼亚州Willows的Maria Iman-Santoso和Naras Prameswari，Ariono Arifin报道。