They call him the bee-man. Ammasan Parthiban is a bus driver and part-time beekeeper of Gobychettypalayam, of Tamil Nadu, a region located in the extreme south of India. He works three days a week drives a bus between his hometown, Gobychettipalayam, and the city of Madurai. The rest of the week, he is a beekeeper. In his tamarind fields, he has been investigating the benefits of pollination on his plantations and biodiversity, that permits to the 75 percent of what we eat and crop to arrive on our tables.
After several years of observation, he has been able to verify that the production of his 250 trees has risen from 1,000 to 4,350 kilograms, thanks to the bees’ contribution. He now works with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and provides training for his neighbors on how to increase productivity and improve their nutrition. In this way, he is trying to bring back to the landscape the green and the buzzing of his childhood, where are visible the signs of the Dravidian culture, one of the oldest of the humanity.