Real’s beekeepers receive starter kits on honey bee production, culture

June 18, 2016 1:59 am 

By Gideon Belen

REAL, Quezon, June 17 (PNA) -– Around 35 farmers-beekeepers in Barangay Cawayan in this town could now earn more from honey bee production and honey culture through the acquisition of starter bee hive and tool kits provided by Quezon’s Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) this month.

In the mid-June report, Quezon provincial Governor David C. Suarez has approved the distribution of the complete starter beehive tools through the Provincial Agriculturist Robert D. Gajo in coordination with the Real Municipal Government.

Calling themselves the “Real Beekeepers”, the farmers underwent the training program on honey bee culture and honey production through the auspices of the provincial agriculture office.

Gajo said the agricultural program provides alternative livelihood and sources of income to Quezon farmers to double as beekeepers than just tending their farms and wait for the harvest season.

The beekeepers’ starter kits consist of bee viel, gloves, smoker swarm net and hive tool from OPA with the support from the Rotary Club Lucena University District.

Dr. PJ de Castro, a noted beekeeper himself and consultant, trained the farmers on the proper methods and techniques on bee keeping and on honey bee production.

The training program is covered by a Memorandum of Agreement so that the farmers’ engagement into the agricultural program could be sustained and ensure the production of more bee hives and bee population.

Edgardo Q. Azcarraga, PAFC chairperson and president of the “Real Beekeepers” and concurrent barangay chief of Cawayan, Real, assured embarking on a knowledge-sharing and training program among farmers here.

“Although this is a new livelihood component among farmers, we are expanding this here and nearby towns on the best agricultural practice not only to increase farmers’ income but more important is that bee culture helps in pollination and the environment,” Azcarraga said.

Evangeline F. Paril, Real municipal agriculturist and vice president of the “Real Beekeepers” expressed appreciation on the farmers’ starter kits to the Quezon provincial government through the OPA and Estrella P. Martinez, provincial agriculturist technician who is immersed into the project with local farmers in Real.

Barangay Cawayan farmers also thanked the Rotary Club Lucena University District for its full support in the procurement of the hive and tool kits and for being the ready market for their honey products. (PNA)

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