UPLB Bee Program conducts Bee Day in Lanao del Norte

 

The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Bee Program conducted the Bee Day on 26 March 2019 at Brgy. Pikinit, Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND), Lanao del Norte. The activity served as the culminating activity of the project, “Pollinator Conservation and Promotion of Stingless Bee Technologies in Lanao del Norte,” funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) under its National Technology Commercialization Program (NTCP).

 

UPLB research team, led by Dr. Cleofas R. Cervancia, president of the Asian Apicultural Association Philippines, demonstrated how to properly identify colonies for division and how to split, and how to extract pollen, honey, and propolis from the colony. Participants were also taught how to transfer broods into a new box to start a new productive colony. After the demonstration, the participants were able to try the process for themselves with the assistance of the UPLB research team. A hands-on demonstration on honey packaging and soap making using propolis as one of the ingredients was also conducted.

 

 

 

  

 

Project beneficiaries from the three municipalities (Tubod, Kapatagan, and SND) participated in the activity. Also in attendance were Baluta K. Diron, SND municipal agriculturist, Francisco C. Bihod, Inclusive Growth Plan (IGP) consultant, and Evelyn H. Juanillo and Jillian E. Timple, apiculture focal persons from BAR.

According to Dr. Cervancia, the Lanao del Norte was held to celebrate the importance of pollinators such as stingless bees for the agriculture and the environment. It also serves as a venue to share with more people in the community the results of the two-year project in Lanao del Norte. The project aimed to teach the community on the conservation of pollinators: stingless bees. She further shared, “ito ay para rin sa livelihood opportunity kasi marami tayong produktong nakukuha gaya ng pulot, pollen at propolis. Ito ay pwedeng gawing hanapbuhay kaya additional income para sa kanila.”

 

NTCP, one of the banner programs of BAR along with the Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR), ensures the proper transfer of mature technologies for adoption and utilization by target farmers ans fishers. ### (Rena S. Hermoso)

 

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