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DOST partners with BSU for S&T training to Ilocos residents

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its Provincial Science And Technology Office in Ilocos Sur, partnered with Benguet State University – Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center (BSU-CRAC) in conducting a training on Beekeeping Management for Enterprise Development for seven beekeepers in the province.
 
Beekeepers from Lamag Patiacan Culture Bee Association of Quirino town and Cosocos Honey Hunters Association of Nagbukel town participated to the three-day training held at BSU in La Trinidad, Benguet on December 5-7.
 
They were accommodated by three DOST provincial staff who will then be in charge of closely monitoring the said communities.
 
According to DOST, the participants underwent various activities on beekeeping management for enterprise development such as Introduction to Beekeeping and Beekeeping Management; onsite visit at Carpio’s Garden and Apiary (Beehive Management – Hive Inspection and Insect, Pest and Diseases Management, and Honey Harvesting); onsite visit at Cordillera Brotherhood Transport Services Apiary (Frame Introduction, Beehive Management, and By-product Processing – Lip Balm Making); onsite visit at Limmayog’s Apiary (Hive Inspection, Insects, Pest and Diseases Management, and Introduction of Different Beehive Boxes); CRAC Apiary (Actual Queen Rearing, Wax Foundation Installation, Wax Foundation Molding, Reboxing of Bee Nucs and Introduction to Stingless Bees).
 
The training was conducted through the continuous implementation of the DOST’s Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program in the province.
 
Dr. Kenneth Laruan, CRAC director, expressed his gratitude to the DOST for giving them the opportunity to train the beekeepers, and wished for the participants to share the knowledge they gained to their community.
 
“Nagasatkami ta sikami ti napili ken naikkan iti tiansa a mapan ag-training ken agadal ditoy Benguet. Daytoy tallo aldaw a napan kami nagadal ditoy ket nagadu iti naamuanmi panggep ti panagtaraken ti bees ken maayatankami met ti success stories a naishare dagitoy beekeepers a napnapananmi (We are lucky to be chosen as one of the participants of the training here in Benguet. For the past three days, we’ve learned a lot and we are inspired with the success stories shared by the beekeepers we visited),” said Janette Sape of the Cosocos Honey Hunters Association.
 
Engr. Jordan Abad, provincial S&T director, told the participants they are expected to lead the beginning of beekeeping venture in their communities.
 
“Kasapulan makaadalkayo a nasayaat tapno ammoyo no kasano a suruan dagiti kakaduayo dita barbarangayyo. Kayatmi a mailako ti diro a naggapu ti lugaryo a kumpleto ti langa na. Addakami lang ditoy a mangtarabay inngana a makatakderkayo a bukodyo (You need to be trained efficiently for you to also train your co-beekeepers in the community. We, at the DOST, wants you to be able to sell your raw honey product and we are here to help you until you can stand on your own),” said Engineer Abad.
 
The DOST said the local government units of Nagbukel and Quirino shouldered transportation costs of participants and provided funds for the procurement of two colonies for each association. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ, PIA Ilocos Sur)

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