An Old Man Keeping Bees

There are many insects on the earth. Of them, bees specially like the clear and fresh air and they cannot live in the impure air.

In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea honey is harvested in the capital Pyongyang as well as in the mountainous areas.

Ri Son living in Mangyongdae-dong, Mangyongdae District of Pyongyang City is very fond of beekeeping.

He says:

“In the twilight years of my life I wanted to do something for my country.

So I went to the Grand People’s Study House and the Sci-Tech Complex to read many books and materials. In the course, I came to know well about the painstaking efforts of the great leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il for the development of apiculture.

I started the beekeeping with an urge to give a help to the good health and long life of the people even a little. I have been doing the job for 10 years.”

Ri Son also paid great attention to learning the long-standing beekeeping custom of the Korean people.

He found out a method to increase the honey production in a traditional way on the basis of having understood the habit of golden, black and native bees in Korea.

He would observe how the products from bees such as honey, propolis, pollen and royal jelly are good for the people’s health.

In order to guarantee the characteristics and purity of Korean honey he invented honey discriminator and saccharimeter which can discern artificial and natural honey in contact with experts.

He wrote a number of reference books so that more people could know well about the efficacy of honey. Recently, he has written a book which introduced products from bees.

That is why many apiarists frequent his house, calling him an old man keeping bees. Listening to his experience in beekeeping, they harden their resolve to make the nature of the country more beautiful.

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