The material, which can be downloaded for free, was adapted from the version created by Bee Health 2020 LatAm researchers for Chilean beekeepers. It includes information on Africanized honey bee management and climatic characteristics of Colombia.

To meet the objective of strengthening the knowledge and skills acquired in both theoretical and practical training, the Bee Health 2020 LatAm team, including specialists from Unicomfacauca Colombia, adapted the Chilean version of the Beekeeper’s Notebook to the needs of Colombian beekeepers.

This will allow them to keep a record and plan their daily activities, as well as having practical information for the proper management of their apiaries. The Colombian version of the Beekeeper’s Notebook can also be downloaded for free from the project’s website.

“This new material aims to contribute to beekeeping in these territories and to strengthen the training process given this year by the project’s specialists to beekeepers in the department of Cauca,” says Andrea Sánchez, researcher, ecologist and coordinator of Bee Health 2020 LatAm in Colombia.

“The technical content of this version was adapted to the management of the Africanized bee and the climatic characteristics of Colombia, which differ from those of Chile, for which the first Notebook of the Beekeeper was elaborated”, says Dr. Mayda Verde, main researcher of the project and co-author of the material.

Delivery to beekeepers

The Bee Health 2020 LatAm team delivered 80 printed copies of the Colombian Beekeeper’s Notebook to beekeepers in the department of Cauca in events held last October and November in the municipalities of Silvia, Totoró and Santander de Quilichao, and at the Unicomfacauca facilities for beekeepers in the municipality of Popayán. Last December 21st the notebook was given to beekeepers in the municipality of Mercaderes.

Along with the notebook, the beekepers received Beekeeper’s Guides, a collection of information brochures on Varroosis, American foulbrood, Integrated Management in Beekeeping, and Chemical Disinfection for wooden beekeeping material, which are also available for free download from the project’s website.