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Philippine beekeepers to boost Guimaras’ mango industry

Guimaras, an island province in the Philippines, is furthering its attempts to produce organic mangoes by increasing the number of bees as pollinators.

Last Friday, Ramon P. Marañon, chairman of the Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council and himself a beekeeper, said that they would like to encourage mango growers to venture into beekeeping to increase pollinators. And not only for mangoes, but for other horticultural crops that need pollination as well.

At the same time, mango growers have been urged to minimize their use of pesticides as they could decrease the number of pollinators. reported that last year, the Agricultural Training Institute funded the training of 36 beekeepers. However, there are already individual beekeepers in the province. The beekeeping industry makes use of cultured native bees.

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