PAGADIAN CITY – One of the most organized living creatures on earth is honeybee. Bees are the most loyal pollinators. They play an essential role in the pollination of fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, herbs, and other crops. In Zamboanga Peninsula, more farmers are now into natural and organic farming and they need pollinators to increase yield in a natural way.
Organic Agriculture program of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center IX (ATI-RTC IX) conducted training on Basic Beekeeping to enhance the knowledge of the Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) and farmers on beekeeping, beekeeping tools and equipment, honey production and pollination.
This 3-day activity includes lecture and participative discussion, video presentation, workshops, site visit and actual observation on stingless bee hive.
Mr. Gary A. Ayuste, (also known as GaryBee) owner of BEEngo Farm from Region VIII, served as the Resource Person for the whole duration of the training. He shared his knowledge and expertise on the following topics: Stewardship, Benefits and Potentials of Beekeeping, Status of Beekeeping in the Philippines, Species of Bees, Biology and Ecology of Bees, Stingless Bee Technology and Utilization & Commercial Production of Stingless Bee. Moreover, Mr. Ayuste being a Tourism graduate, he imparted some tips about farm tourism. He emphasized that venturing in business “no big dreams happens overnight, it’s really hard work and you should work hard with love”.
Part of the training was a workshop. Mr. Ayuste required the group to make a farm layout the best as they can and present it to the group. Their outputs were judged based on the following criteria: Creative name (25%), landscaping (20%), services offered (35%) and presentation (20%) with a total of 100%. The winner received one (1) colony of stingless bee as starting kit from Mr. Ayuste.
During the closing program, Mr. Ayuste encouraged everyone to propagate bees, keep them safe, and make them healthy because healthy bees means healthy planet. On the other hand, Dir. Alicia Rose D. Nebreja inspired the participants to be like bees who are busy creatures, explorers, environment-friendly and sweet for its honey. She motivated them also to be happy always and live harmoniously.
This activity was participated by 30 AEWs and farmers from different municipalities in the region last April 29 to May 1, 2019, at ATI-RTC IX Training Hall, Balintawak, Pagadian City.