noimageThe Agriculture Department continues to closely monitor the situation as it relates to the small hive beetles which are found dangerously close. They were located in neighboring Chetumal Quintana Roo. As a result, the department conducted a full and swift diagnostic test and there was no presence of the beetle in the country yet.

 

Honey producers are also being encouraged to practice improved husbandry to minimize the risks to their apiaries. However, the objective is to keep the bug out of the country for as long as possible since its entry can result in the complete collapse of the small agriculture sector. Margarito Leiva, Extension Officer specialized in bee keeping within the Agriculture Department in Orange Walk, says they have detected the beetle in El Salvador and are therefore doubling their efforts.

 

Margarito Leiva – Extension Officer


“We have to take two approach now even from the north or from the south or the western border from both areas they can come in.”

 

Dalila Ical – Reporter

 

“So far is the situation still safe and you still putting in measures to keep it that way?”

 

Margarito Leiva – Extension Officer

 

“Yes, in fact we have instituted some traps in most of the colonies especially those that in the border areas so as to see when the small hive will come in but so far we have not found them.”

 

Dalila Ical – Reporter

 

“But again, it is something that will happen eventually?”

 

Margarito Leiva – Extension Officer

 

“It is eminent, the arrival if the small hive is eminent it will come at any time, we have just found out that the mites are disseminated by the spread of the same swarms, they follow the fore moon so it is easier distributed.”

 

The situation is being closely monitored by the department to ensure the survival of the small industry.

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