09 Aug '11, 12pm

As opium farming decreases in Afghanistan, some farmers are turning to beekeeping as alternative income.

Image credit: British Forces News I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone wear a flak jacket into a bee yard before. We've already heard about how Beekeeping Without Borders has taken honey bee education to Iraq and beyond . Afghanistan is also benefiting from a concerted effort to promote beekeeping. In fact, if this video is to be believed, beekeeping may be a key tool in eradicating opium poppy farming. With Afghan officials reporting a 15% drop in opium farming this year, some farmers are turning to alternative, legal sources of income. A video from the British Armed Forces news reports on agricultural extension efforts aimed at encouraging this trend. Of course it goes without saying that the "official line" of either the Afghan government on opium production, or the British Army's reporting on outreach efforts, should not be taken completely at face value. Nevertheless, i...

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