Bee Health 2020 Experts conducted workshops to deliver tools to help beekeepers improve their hives health and identify risks in their production process..

The Bee Health 2020 team began training beekeepers in Colombia. The municipality of Totoró and Popayán, the capital of the Department of Cauca, were the first two scenarios to begin this work, which will provide beekeepers with tools to help them identify the health risk in their production process.

In the municipality of Totoró 32 beekeepers gathered on March 21, and the following day 28 attended in the city of Popayán, participation which is expected to increase in the following meetings.

After taking the first look at the world beekeeping situation, Dr. Mayda Verde, researcher of Bee Health 2020 LatAm project and Fraunhofer Chile Research, focused the training on the importance of beekeeping hygiene and the need to technify beekeeping.

Satisfactory experience

One of the questions proposed by Dr. Verde during the training was how will a proper pharmacopoeia be carried out in Colombia from beekeeping?, so that in the first instance beekeepers reflect on the subject, but also be resolved as the training progresses.

Meanwhile, José Luis Alvero, a zootechnical engineer and specialist in organic honey production and queen bee breeding, addressed the importance of the African bee in ecosystems and its profitability in bee production.

Beekeeper Carlos Mario Potosí, one of the youngest attendees in Popayán, stated that his expectations in this first meeting began to be fulfilled: “There was a debate with the beekeepers, many questions and answers and this is very satisfactory for me”.

A large part of those present pointed out that beekeeping helps to improve the production of products such as coffee, a Colombian symbol worldwide. Therefore, they see in these trainings a significant help, not only for the improvement of the products, but to contribute in improving the conditions of the land.

In Colombia, Bee Health 2020 LatAm has the support of Unicomfacauca, a university that contributed to research and monitoring in collaboration with beekeepers in Cauca.

The team of this institution is made up of researcher and ecologist Blanca Bonilla Paz, professor of the Technical Program in Agroenvironmental; ecologist María Andrea Sánchez, coordinator of Apicultural Health 2020 for Colombia and engineer Victoria Eugenia Patiño, in charge of supervising the project.

First training in the municipality of Totoró, Cauca.