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Beekeeping to boost Guimaras' mango industry.

By the Philippine News Agency

Iloilo City - Guimaras' drive to produce organic mangoes is expected to get a huge boost with the current drive to increase bee pollinators in the province.

Ramon P. Maranon, chairperson of the Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (PAFC) of Guimaras, himself a beekeeper, on Friday said that they would like to encourage mango growers to venture into beekeeping to increase pollinators not only for mangoes but for other horticultural crops that need pollination.

Also, mango growers have been urged to minimize their use of pesticides that could cause the decrease in the number of pollinators.

"We would like to encourage if possible that all mango growers go into this so the use of pesticide will be minimized," he underscored.

Beekeeping is included in the Provincial Development Physical Framework Plan and Annual Investment Plan and Provincial Commodity Investment Plan of Guimaras, he added.

Towards end of December last year, the Agricultural Training Institute funded the beekeeping training of 36 individuals with potentials to become beekeepers. However, there are already individual beekeepers in the province.

Maranon hoped that the provincial government provides substantial funds for the industry.

The beekeeping industry makes use of cultured native bees. An initial colony may costs R5,000, but only after six months it can already produce another colony.

He said that growing foreign species of bees is challenging because every three years they have to import a queen bee from Hawaii and Australia, among others. Also, during the rainy season,they have to be fed with refined or white sugar.

"This is not attuned to our organic farming while the native ones are acclimatized so they work so well in all kinds of climate conditions," he said.

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Title Annotation:Environment & Nature
Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Jan 24, 2018
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