The urgent need for training in different beekeeping topics, expressed by beekeepers from the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, is about to materialize, once the project Bee Health 2020 LatAm beehives monitoring is concluded, in the south of the province.

This stage, which included about 60 apiaries, had its formal closure this week (May 22 and 23), when the Agrotechnical School and the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the city of Casilda received the visit of Marnix Doorn, director of the project led by Fraunhofer Chile and of which the National University of Rosario is part on behalf of Argentina.

During both days of intense work, meetings were held with the project coordinators in Argentina. María Carla Cortese and Leonel Pérez Raymonda were present as representatives of the National University of Rosario, as well as the whole team of monitors and laboratory workers.

With the two representatives, the project director and the project coordinators exchanged experiences, perspectives and drew up a work agenda for the coming months in order to achieve greater interaction with producers.

A Regional vision

The monitors were very satisfied and stressed the importance of Doorn’s presence, as they were able to resolve many doubts about the project. In addition, a regional and integral vision of Bee Health 2020 was offered and the experiences revealed in the other member countries could be shared.

Marnix Doorn also held meetings with the authorities of the participating establishments, the director of the Agrotechnical School, Graciela Mandolini, and the dean and vice-dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Mariano Garate and Danilo Renzi, respectively.

To complete the tour, a productive meeting was held with the production secretary of the local government, Lorena Casati. In this meeting, the official was internalized of all novelties carried out in the region by the project.

Then, they visited the Municipal Extraction Room and a city apiculture producer who participated with his beehives in the monitoring carried out.

The coordinator of the project in Argentina Leonel Pérez Raymonda highlighted: “The visit of the director Marnix Doorn was a support to the team of monitors and researchers that are carrying out the initiative”.