Bee farmers get training
To strengthen the apiculture industry to respond to climate change and associated challenges, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries provided specialised training for 14 beekeepers and eight staff members of the Apiculture Unit.
The training was funded by a grant of US$25,000 under the Jamaica Rural Economy and Ecosystems Adapting to Climate Change (JAREEACH) project.
This was noted by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, when he addressed farmers at the Annual General Meeting of the Hanover Bee Farmers' Cooperative Society Ltd. that was held at the Global Villa Hotel in Lucea, Hanover, recently.
"The apiculture industry is not without its challenges, one such being climate change. Generally speaking, Jamaica's agricultural sector is vulnerable to the impacts of global climate change, with the apiculture subsector being no exception," Hutchinson said.
He pointed out that research and observations at the global level indicate that climate change and variability were negatively affecting the honeybee physiology and development as well as hive products.
"The information gained from the training was used to develop a vulnerability matrix for the beekeeping industry, which was packaged and given to beekeepers to increase their resilience to better cope with climate change," he said.