EDITORIAL

Science-based beekeeping with country vision

The year 2019 ends and we start the final phase of this beautiful project that has given us so much, and I am not just talking about the possibility of having a broad view of beekeeping in Latin America, collecting data and training. This project has gone much further, it has given us the possibility to share with the beekeepers in their environment, with their apiaries and families, to know a little more about their daily life, their culture and customs.
Leslie Vallejos Farías

Veterinarian- Extensionist

Bee Health 2020 LatAm Researcher

10 recommendations to take into account in a beekeeping legislation

Dr. Mayda Verde, who has contributed with suggestions to the drafting of Beekeeping Laws in Cuba, Chile and Colombia, gives her vision on aspects that cannot be missing in these legal bodies to promote and protect the activity.
The importance of beekeeping leads to the need to protect this productive activity and the honey bees, leading provinces, regions and entire countries to create beekeeping legislations.

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Bee Health 2020 in Cuba, an opportunity for exchange and learning

The Bee Health 2020 project team that attended the VIII Veterinary Science Congress in Cuba.
One of the bases of the project Bee Health 2020 LatAm is the experience of Cuban beekeeping, the most extensive agricultural activity in that country, with most of its beekeepers considered professionals and an integrated management that is reflected in average production of 45 kilos per hive.

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Colombia now has its Beekeeper’s Notebook

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.

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Deciphering the production cycle and beekeeping problems in the province of Santa Fe

 

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.

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Training beekeepers can increase the productivity of beehives in Colombia

 

Researchers from the Bee Health 2020 LatAm project identified aspects that can be improved for a more profitable and environmentally sustainable beekeeping in the Cauca, and trained local producers to encourage good practices.
[November 12th, 2019] Colombia has the environmental and melliferous flora conditions to achieve high beekeeping productivity, favoring the productive sector and the families that make a living from this activity. Joint work among beekeepers, researchers and authorities is key to developing this potential to the fullest.

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Costa Rica concludes first apiary monitoring

 

The activity, carried out by specialists from the Tropical Beekeeping Research Center of the National University of Costa Rica (CINAT-UNA), associated to the project, counted with the collaboration of 61 beekeepers from the provinces of Alajuela and Puntarenas.
The project Bee Health 2020 LatAm is progressing in Costa Rica thanks to the work of the associated researchers of the Tropical Beekeeping Research Center of the National University of Costa Rica (CINAT-UNA).

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Bees: great allies for agricultural expansion in Peru

 

In addition to ensuring water, Peru’s commitment to Hass avocado crops involves paradigm changes that ensure conditions to promote honey bees as pollinators for sustainable agriculture.
The idea of a desert where leafy avocados grow in the sand sounds like a fiction. But in Peru it is already a reality.

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