NARTDI trains wild honey hunters in Ilocos Sur

The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 1-Provincial Science and Technology Center (DOST RO1-PSTC) Ilocos Sur in partnership with the National Apiculture Research, Training and Development Institute (NARTDI) trained 33 honey hunters in Nagbukel and Quirino, Ilocos Sur on October 28, 2021.

The said activity is part of the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program of DOST RO1-PSTC for insurgency-affected municipalities in Ilocos Sur through the Bee Industry Science and Technology Support (BISTS) project that aims at upskilling the wild honey hunters and awarding them bee colonies and materials to help them sustain beekeeping projects.

Out of the 33 participants, 22 wild honey hunters are from the Municipality of Nagbukel. They attended lectures on Beekeeping with Native/Wild Bees, Hive Management, and Honey Products and By-Products—lectures provided by Mr. Arvin C. Tuyan, Mr. George T. Bondot, and Prof. Carolyn A. Akilith, respectively.

On the other hand, 11 beekeepers from the Municipality of Quirino attended the demonstration on the different apiary operations. Mr. Joseph A. Panas, Division Chief for Research and Extension, conducted a practical demonstration on apiary operations such as beehive frame assembly, supplemental feeding, colony migration, hive inspection, uniting of colonies, and splitting of colonies.

After the training, DOST awarded the two Local Government Units (LGUs) with 16 bee nucs or colonies and additional beekeeping starter materials. Barangay Cosocos, Nagbukel, received six colonies with a complete beehive set and materials including a honey extractor, while Barangay Lamag and Barangay Patiacan, Quirino, received five nucs each.

Engr. Jordan L. Abad, OIC PSTC Ilocos Sur, expressed his thanks to DMMMSU-NARTDI for granting their request to be their partner in the BISTS project. Meanwhile, Dr. Gregory B. Viste, NARTDI Executive Director, welcomed the partnership as a way of strengthening the beekeeping industry. He emphasized that the Institute is keeping its door open to provide technical assistance. (Lester Orpilla)

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