Posted: Friday, April 1, 2022. 6:55 pm CST.
Photo Credit: MAFSE
By Rubén Morales Iglesias:
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) on Thursday delivered Apithor small hive beetle traps to Cayo beekeepers.
“The traps are part of support for beekeeping from OIRSA, the International Regional Organization of Plant and Animal Health,” said MAFSE on a social media post.
“The Apithor traps were sourced from Australia and were handed over symbolically to the Minister of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise. The ministry is now handing over the traps in the beekeeping areas of the country such as Orange Walk, where traps were recently handed over, and now Cayo.”
International Regional Agricultural Health Organization (OIRSA) Country Representative Fermin Blanco handed over the small hive beetle traps to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) last week at the Yo Creek Agriculture Station in Orange Walk.
“The traps are for use in beekeeping against the small hive beetle, which can infest hives, affecting honey productivity,” said MAFSE in a social media post.
Before the traps were handed over, staff from MAFSE held a discussion with beekeepers on how to apply the traps and issues that could affect the bee population.
At the initial handing over last week in Yo Creek, Orange Walk beekeepers received their traps from District Agriculture Coordinator Sergio Hernandez while a Corozal Agriculture Office representative received the traps that were to be issued to beekeepers of the Corozal District.
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