Bee farming is an awaiting industry to unveil in Maragusan, Davao De Oro as some farmers and students are now equipped on the technical know-how on beekeeping technology after finishing the School on the Air (SOA) on Beekeeping of the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center XI (ATI-RTC XI), in close partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Maragusan and Maragusan Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO).
A total of two hundred fifty (250) learners consisting of farmers and agriculture students from Compostela Valley State College (CVSC)- Maragusan Branch successfully completed the SOA that was aired over 102.5 DXLM Lanog sa Maragusan, the subsidiary radio station of the LGU Maragusan, every Wednesday at 5:00 to 7:00 am from March 11, 2020, until June 3, 2020.
For three months, relevant topics about rearing and propagating bees were thoroughly discussed and explained on-air by expert farm-casters who are also technical personnel from the partner MAO office.
Delivered topics such as the cycle of bees, basic beekeeping tools and equipment, management of beehives for honey production and pollination, common pests and diseases of bees, bees management practices and how to harvest bee products, were aimed at capacitating the SOA learners on the knowledge about bees and bee farm practices that they can easily adapt and apply.
ATI was supposed to hold a graduation ceremony on June 3, however, with the protocol to avoid mass gathering to prevent the spreading of COVID 19, it was not materialized. Instead, the budget intended for the graduation was diverted to provide after-training kits of stingless bee colonies.
ATI is set to distribute the stingless bee colonies this month of July.