The graduates of the School-On-the Air (SOA) on Beekeeping can now put into practice what they have learned from the radio program as they have obtained starter kits of stingless bee colonies from the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Davao Region through the National Livestock Program (NLP).
A total of 100 stingless bee colonies were turned- over to the graduates in Davao City, Panabo City, Asuncion, and Maragusan.
Before giving out the extension support, ATI Davao Region facilitated a short briefing about stingless bee management discussed by Mr. Epifanio C. Loyola, Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (RAFC) Chairman of Davao Region, School for Practical Agriculture (SPA) Cooperator of ATI, and a well-known bee farmer.
Loyola briefed the beneficiaries about the characteristics and behavior of stingless bees as well as its care and management style. He also introduced the products generated from bees such as honey, propolis, bee wax, among others and its underlying benefits to health.
Further, Loyola also encouraged the beneficiaries to develop their beekeeping skills by taking proper training to qualify for beekeeping jobs locally and abroad.
The turn-over of bees was facilitated by Information Services Section (ISS) with the supervision of Center Director Dante G. Esguerra, MBA.