Northern beekeepers chair wants certifying body set up

NORTHERN Beekeepers Association chairperson Charles MacCay says he wants to see a standard certifying body for beekeeping to test and certify participants after a three-day instructor development workshop for 14 beekeepers was held on Vanua Levu this week.

Mr MacCay said the long-term goal of the Fiji Beekeeping Association and NBA was to formalise beekeeping with a standard training package, relevant locally-produced text books and other training material to be used throughout Fiji.

It is understood that bees in some of the 1000 hives supplied under the Integrated Human Resources Development Program (IHRDP) to 52 villages have died because of starvation or loss of the queen, while others were destroyed by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

One of the main causes of this was the inadequate beekeeping skills of the beneficiaries, said Mr MacCay.

Two beekeepers will undergo four to six weeks beekeeping internships in New Zealand.

The two participants are Ziyaad Hussein, who will leave for New Zealand in November for four weeks, and Mohammed Sameer, who will travel in January for six weeks.

The three-day training on Vanua Levu was jointly organised by the Northern Beekeepers Association and the Fiji Beekeepers Association with the support of the International Trade Centre under the EU-funded project ‘Improvement of Key Services to Livestock and Livestock Products’.

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