This is regarding the article "Let them bee" (1-15 July, 2017). Although relevant from an ecologist's point of view, the article seems lopsided to an apiculturist. It is undeniable that non-Apis pollinator population has decreased. There are many reasons for this, including monoculture and extensive use of pesticides. Clearing wasteland and forests for apple cultivation decreases hibernating and breeding places, leading to a decline in the population. However, the expansion of Apis mellifera has not contributed to the decline in the population of native pollinators, as suggested in the article. Of course, there is some overlapping, but there is always a resource partitioning due to the morphology of pollinators and flowers.
A largely unknown fact is that during the 1980s, a disease had wiped out the native Apis cerama in north and south India. In the absence of any measures to control the viral disease, it was crucial to extend