The Bee Health 2020 Argentina team concluded its second monitoring. The analysis of the results will provide a vision of the situation and challenges of beekeeping in the south of Santa Fe.

The team of Bee Health 2020 LatAm in Argentina is already obtaining information from the monitoring carried out in the south of the province of Santa Fe, the second of which ended in October 2019.

In this monitoring, started in September, 51 beekeepers participated voluntarily and 245 beehives were surveyed in the departments of Caseros, Rosario, Constitución, San Lorenzo, Iriondo, San Jerónimo and island areas of the Lower Paraná Delta.

The team of monitors was made up of nine people, including veterinary doctors, agricultural engineers, veterinary students and beekepers.

The activities were coordinated by teachers from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the National University of Rosario and the Agrotechnic School Libertador General San Martin, in the town of Casilda.

“We are analyzing the results of both monitoring, which will give a complete picture of a beekeeping production cycle in southern Santa Fe, taking into account the particular climate conditions that affected the region,” said Leonel Pérez Raymonda, sector chief of the Agrotechnic School and coordinator of Bee Health 2020 LatAm in Argentina.

He added that “this work allows us to understand the profile of the producer, as well as to have a clear idea of the environment in which beekeeping is developed in our province, its problems and strengths”.

For her part, Maria Carla Cortese, coordinator of Bee Health 2020 in Argentina, said: “Despite the bad weather, the human group stood out for this great work. The team was assembled and organized for the development of the work”.

From the samples obtained, it can be preliminarily concluded that the problems of beekeepers in Santa Fe and Latin America are shared: health issues, management problems, lack of infrastructure, the genetics of their queen bees, the relationship with the agricultural production system and its lack of diversity in nectar and pollen supply.