14th Asian Apicultural Association Conference



Representing the beekeeping industry of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Bee Program led by Dr. Cleofas Cervancia, professor emeritus and president of Apimondia Asia, together with the staff of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), Ms. Evelyn Juanillo and Mr. Alvin Fontanil, attended the 14th Asian Apicultural Association Conference on 22-25 October 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

With the theme, “Bees, Environment and Sustainability,” the event was conducted to address various environment and sustainability issues particularly on how the bee population can hugely affect the pollination of crops thereby, the world’s food supply.

The conference was attended by beekeepers, marketers, industry operators, government agencies, private individuals, and students.

Dr. Cleofas Cervancia, chaired the plenary sessions, which were attended by keynote speakers from different countries. Discussed in the sessions highlighted the importance, diversity and science of bees in Indonesia and Borneo.

BAR-supported projects were presented by UPLB Bee Program. Among the projects presented were: 1) Biology of Stingless Bee and its Importance in Pollination of Economic and Wild Plants; 2) Inventory of Bee Species in Two Philippine Natural History Museums; 3) Natural Farming System Supports Polinator Populations; and 4) How Pasture Facilitated Pollinator Return on Disaster-Hit Areas.

Dr. Maria Amelita Estacio of UPLB, presented the advances in apitherapy in the Philippines, highlighting the therapeutic properties of propolis and honey from the stingless bees. Meanwhile, Ms. Evelyn Juanillo of BAR, presented the Bee Research and Development Agenda of the Philippines. It highlighted the various R&D bee projects funded by the bureau including native bee technologies as component of the organic farming system.

Other highlights of the conference included: public lectures; scientific oral presentations; scientific poster presentations; exhibition; technical visit and competition; and board meeting. ###

The 14th Asian Apicultural Association (AAA) Conference

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