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Young Beekeepers Secure Higher Production in Holguin
Young beekeeper doing his job in his apiaries in the municipality of Calixto Garcia, in Holguin province. Photo: Courtesy of UEB
Young beekeepers from the north-eastern province of Holguin have fed from the experience of their parents and grandparents to do their best in the art of apiculture. That is why, they not alone have secured the continuity of production, which they sell to the Cuban state, but make it all to get ecological honey – more attractive to the world market.

"Despite aging and the passing of some beekeepers, Holguin got to produced last 2016 more than 490 tons of bee honey, thus not alone exceeding the plan, but also reaching the highest volume for the last 15 years," said engineer Rogelio Saavedra, the director of the Apiculture Business Unit (UEB) in Holguin, when praising the natural renovation of beekeepers.

Beekeepers' training, the attention to producers, the right use of technology and the profitable use of the beehives, which included their transfer to places with broader flowering and the timely change of the queenbees (more than 9 000 ones in the year), have rendered the outcomes we see today, mostly with the young beekeepers," Saavedra added.

Ramon Zaldivar Morffe who lives in the municipality of Rafael Freyre is one of the young beekeepers that have done it well, who has reached high production of ecological honey. "I owe it all to Ceferino Irenio Peña, my best teacher. He taught to me the secrets of beekeeping by profiting from the natural conditions around."

As on the municipalities with the best productions Cueto continues to take the lead. It is followed by Antilla; but also Banes and Gibara with good supplies, and Moa that has raised the quality of honey.

In 2017, Holguin Apiculture UEB is committed to reaching 500 tons, and will continue working to get 630 tons in the future. The idea is relying on the youth in order to respond to the country's need of increasing higher production, but with enough efficiency and quality for export.

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  • Dave

    I'm from Ontario Canada and a member of the Ontario Beekeepers Association. I will be visiting the region during the week of 13-21 Nov 2017 and was hoping to visit a Cuban beekeeper and talk about the methods used in Cuba. I will be staying in the Playa Costa Verde hotel while in Cuba.
    If this is an option and there is someone who can act as a tourguide, I'd appreciate you contacting me soonest.

  • William J Read

    Follow-up to Dave from Toronto's message. I suggest that you contact Radio Angulo via its Facebook page; you stand a better chance of a a reply.