The material, developed by researchers from Apicultural Health 2020, can be downloaded free of charge and has been delivered to trained beekeepers in Chile.

[May 15, 2019]         

” Bees diseases, position and orientation of the beehives … are many things that we sometimes go over,” says Jaime Garcia, beekeeper in the area of El Noviciado, Pudahuel and member of the Association of Northern Beekeepers (APINOR).

To facilitate this work, researchers from Fraunhofer Chile’s Apicultural Health 2020 LatAm project created the “Beekeeper’s Notebook,” a manual with practical information and sections where they can record their daily activities.

“It is an excellent initiative, because this notebook will allow us to be more meticulous regarding the data that we will be obtaining from our processes in the apiaries and, in the long run, it will allow us to obtain the statistics of our work”, points out Zayda Villaseca, partner of APINOR in El Valle de Chicauma, in Lampa.

It was in that place where part of the Apicultural Health 2020 team LatAm delivered yesterday the material to 22 beekeepers trained by researchers of the project, which has the support of the Bee Care Center of Bayer AG, Germany.

“With this notebook, beekeepers will be able to count what they get and what they take out of the apiary, record when they changed the queen or applied varrocide treatments and have clear production data such as how many kilos of honey, wax, pollen and propolis they have harvested,” said Leslie Vallejos, a veterinarian, Fraunhofer Chile researcher and co-author of the book.

In addition, the booklet includes fundamental content to reduce the health risks that affect the health and productivity of honey bees, including recommendations for maintaining the apiary, when to change the queen bee and preparation for wintering, among others.

“This material is available free of charge to beekeepers throughout the country, who can download it from our website (www.saludapicola2020.com). With this we want to contribute to the proper health of the bees, so that they reach their full productive potential”, emphasizes Marnix Doorn, agricultural engineer and project director.

The booklet is being launched shortly after World Bees Day, which FAO launched in 2018 to highlight the importance of bees for food security and sustainable agriculture.