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A Must Experience in Tutong District: Hands-on Honey Extraction from Bee Hives at Tasbee Meliponiculture Farm

There are so many bee farms anywhere and they can easily label themselves as one but in a world where cities are expanding and bees are disappearing, you can hardly find one as authentic as this bee farm in Tutong District in Brunei Darussalam.

Tasbee Meliponiculture Farm is owned by Mr Tasby Amit and is located in his residential property literally around his house. This doesn’t bother him at although because he farms “lebah kelulut” a kind of bee that has no venom and therefore harmless.

About Lebah Kelulut
Lebah kelulut or stingless bee or simply Meliponini originates for the Apidae family or bees and is famous for their production if nutritious honey. They are closely related to honey bees but unlike honey bees, meliponini are smaller in size, very agile and are harmless.

Tasbee Meliponiculture Farm is just a few minutes from the main road. It is easily accessible. But since Tutong District is not densely populated and the property is next to a lush forest, this bee farm has been in existence for years. Mr. Tasby, the owner, said that he has been keeoing this bee farm for 15 years out of hobby.





Mini-Gallery
Make sure you head over to the bee farm's mini gallery first. There, get yourself educated about the things on display such as specimen samples of some of the bees you can find in the farm (there are a total of 18 species of stingless bees here), beehives as well as illustrations of how the bees make them. This is like a mini-museum. Very informative. Also on display here are the products they sell.

Afterwards, be ready as Mr Tasby will eagerly tour you around the bee farm opening some of the hives to see the activity of bees inside. This is a very fun activity as the bees swarm around once the lid of their hives are opened. Mr Tasby gives lots of fun facts about his bees so be sure you listen intently.




Do-it-Yourself Honey Extraction
This is no doubt the highlight of the trip. You can opt to extract honey yourself with the easy instructions of Mr Tasby himself. Basically, you will be given a stick to pierce into the hive and an syringe with a catheter tip to extract the honey. For only $3 BND or roughly $2.2 USD, you can extract as much as 30 mL of honey and place it in a small bottle container that you can bring home. Don't miss this activity, it is something that not all bee farms offer. It will make your visit at Tasbee Meliponiculture Farm a memorable one indeed! 
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Tasbee Meliponiculture Farm is located at No. N14 Spg 1159-50, Jalan Bukit Nanas, Kamoung Sungai Kelugos Tutong TB2741 Negara Brunei Darussalam.

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