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Agriculture stakeholders conclude training workshop on climate resilient bee keeping

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Posted: Monday, April 4, 2022. 6:56 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Twenty-four stakeholders from the agriculture sector recently concluded a four-day training workshop on climate resilient bee keeping, which was held under the Resilient Rural Belize (RRB) programme.

The workshop, titled “Beekeeping (Bee-friendly management of biodiversity and Input Management), was held from March 28 – April 1. The sessions were split into theory and practical sessions with the theory sessions being held at the Yo Creek Agricultural Station and the practical sessions held at the apiaries belonging to Mr. Imeldo Novelo and Mr. Rember Ceron in Yo Ceek Village, Orange Walk District.

There were 24 participants in the sessions, made up of representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Resilient Rural Belize, Pesticide Control Board, Sugar Industry Research Institute, Bishop Martin High School, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Development Finance Corporation (DFC).

The training is the final module of a five-module program developed by Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza (CATIE), which were geared towards Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) through the strengthening the capacity of agricultural field officers and agriculture teachers in Belize.

This training was facilitated by Mr. Luis Zamora Chacon, from Costa Rica with the assistance of the RRB Climate Officer, Mr. Alfred Serano.

“Participants were able to discuss Climate Change and beekeeping, learn about beekeeping cost of production, practice hive management, harvesting of honey, and management of both Africanize and stingless bees. Participants also learnt how to test for, identify and treat hives for varroa mites,” explained the RRB team.

The RRB programme is a six-year programme formed through a collaboration of Government of Belize (GOB), through the Ministry of Finance, Economic Development, and Investment (MED) with financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and counterpart funding from beneficiaries.

The programme aims to minimize the impacts of climatic and economic events on smallholder farmers while supporting sustainable market access for their produce. The RRB programme will assist farmers develop profitable value chains for select vegetables, fruits and honey, through the application of climate resilient agricultural practices and technologies.

The RRB programme will also support smallholder production capacity through investments in public and private climate resilient infrastructure, and the strengthening of smallholder farmer Producers Organizations and relevant GOB Departments.

 

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