Screen_Shot_2014-06-03_at_8.10.53_PMWe have told you about the challenges faced by bee keepers in 2013 after rains destroyed much of their apiaries. At that time, officials at the Agriculture Department said they would take necessary and appropriate measures to see the recovery of the honey producers to what they were. Today, the news is not so good. Dalila Ical reports.


Dalila Ical – Reporting


The rains have begun and with it the concerns by bee keepers as they continue to struggle against the inconsistent weather. Last year, honey producers in the north lost close to fifty percent of their colonies. Efforts were made to rebuilding these but Extension Officer in the Agriculture Department, Margarito Leiva says they have not been too successful.


Margarito Leiva – Extension Officer

“We didn’t achieve what we actually wanted because the rainy season didn’t stop until late march so we had a very short dry season which is only April and then the rain started in May and so what we had is a very bad honey crop for this year and in fact I can tell you that for the northern district we only produce close to 28,000 pounds which is not even a quarter of what we did last year so the production was really bad.”


Leiva says they are hoping to be able to capitalize on their production in July and August and bridge the gap that was not met in the earlier part of this year. Still, the product quality would not be the same.


Margarito Leiva – Extension Officer

“That honey is what we determine as the humid honey, we have the dry honey which is in the dry season which is more of a consistent high viscosity honey where the ones that are produces in the months of July and August is more watery.”


Last year the producers produced around sixty thousand pounds of honey. This season their production was at least thirty-two thousand pounds short. Translated into money, at an average of about $4.50 per pound, this comes out to about one hundred forty-four thousand dollars. Leiva says however, the farmers are coping.


Margarito Leiva – Extension Officer

“It’s something that it contributes to a lot and they improve their economy, provides them with additional finance to probably send their kids to school and stuff like that.”

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