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Ministry of Agriculture conducts National Beekeeping Symposium 2023 on Thursday, November 30

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2023. 10:16 am CST.

Honey Byproducts – Photo Credit: MAFSE

By Rubén Morales Iglesias:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Enterprise (MAFSE) is conducting the National Beekeeping Symposium 2023 on Thursday, November 30, at the Centro Escolar México Junior College in San Román, Corozal.

The symposium is being held under the theme ‘Building a Climate-Smart and Resilient Apiculture Sub-Sector in Belize’.

The symposium features ten speakers from Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize who will share their insights on various aspects of beekeeping, such as the current situation in Belize, the role of pollinators and native bees, the best practices for honey production and pest management, the opportunities and challenges for honey marketing and traceability, the standards and regulations for honey quality, and the adaptation strategies to cope with climate change.

Dr Francis Smith’s Unadulterated Honey sold at San Ignacio Market – (Photo Credit: Dr Francis Smith)

Chief Agriculture Office Dr Victoriano Pascual is opening the presentation with an overview of the Symposium and Principal Agriculture Officer Belarmino Esquivel is reviewing the beekeeping status in Belize.

The two Guatemalan speakers are from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAGA). Beekeeping Health and Production Unit Coordinator Elder Adrián Calderón Granados is presenting on Adaptation of Honey Bees to Climate Change.

Beekeeping Health Program Coordinator Benny Moisés Canek Dehesa is focusing on Integrated Pest and Disease Management in the face of Climate Variability.

Dr Jorge Ismael Tucuch Hass from Mexico’s National Research Institute of Forestry, Agriculture, and Livestock (INIFAP) is presenting on Honey production as a Sustainable Livelihood in the Face of Climate Change.

Fermin Blanco, Country Representative for the International Regional Organization for Health in Agriculture (OIRSA), is looking at the Traceability System For Apiculture Sustainability.

MAFSE Honey Byproducts Workshop in February 2023 – Photo Credit: MAFSE

Miguel Angel Huertas, MAFSE’s National Coordinator for Honey and Beekeeping, is presenting on Honey and Byproducts as an Income Generating Activity.

Ruben Requena, Ya’axche Conservation Trust’s Community Outreach and Livelihoods Director, is dealing with Bees and their Ecological Importance.

Lloyd Orellano, Standard Officer at the Belize Bureau of Standards is looking at Honey Standards.

Sergio Tillett, Project Officer at the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC), is focusing on Marketing Opportunities for the Honey Industry.

Sarteneja Beekeepers Cooperative Honey – (Photo Credit: Rubén Morales Iglesias)


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