This phenomenon is not confined to Nepal--bees are dying all over the world. Colony collapse, a phenomenon where worker bees vacate a hive and leave behind the queen, has become more frequent. Climate change, destruction of ecosystems and pesticide use have all been cited as reasons but no clear consensus has emerged.
At the mountain hilltop of Silinge, Makwanpur, Chepang farmers produce honey from the nectar of wild tree—Chuiri. The delectable honey that swiftly melts in one’s mouth, initially was extracted from over 5,000 hives.