January 27, 2006

Beekeepers benefit from IICA workshop

This week, the local Honey Industry benefited from the visit of another consultant of the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA who) was here to offer technical assistance in identifying the cause and stemming the losses faced by Honey Bee Keepers here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. {{more}}

This time Bo Sterk of the United States, continued the survey of the local apiaries and conducted a series of training workshops with Bee Keepers and other technical Officers of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, in Integrated Pests and Disease Management for Apiaries.

The workshop was held for three days, on Wednesday, January 25 and today, Friday, January 27, in Kingstown at the Ministry’s Conference Room and on Thursday, January 26 in Bequia.

Sterk’s visit comes on the heels of one made by another FAVACA consultant, Tomas Mozer who visited St. Vincent in February, 2005, and made a number of recommendations in relation to the loss of hives due to the death of the bees caused by undetermined factors.

Sterk’s visit has been made possible through Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture, IICA.