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Philippines: DA to promote bee culture to boost fruit production

To help in producing more orchard fruits, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will support and promote the bee culture or apiculture industry, the agency said Sunday. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala made this commitment in a meeting of apiculture industry stakeholders earlier this month at the National Apiculture Research, Training, and Development Institute (NARTDI) at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in Bacnotan, La Union, the DA said in a statement.

Apiculture is key not only in producing honey and other by-products, but also in fruit production and organic agriculture “since it is an effective method of enhancing flower and fruit production the natural way," according to Alcala. Alcala also serves as board chair of NARTDI, which promotes apiculture in the Philippines, and trains interested beekeepers, apiculturists, and other industry stakeholders.


Publication date: 9/26/2011


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