The 10th Congress of Caribbean Beekeepers has ended in Saint Lucia with a call for greater involvement of youth and the incorporation of new technology in safeguarding the future of honey production.
The three day virtual congress of Caribbean Beekeepers Associations was truly an international event with participation from Europe, North America and Asia.
The conference covered a wide range of issues facing the beekeeping industry – including concerns over the lack of finance.
A number of banks participated along with marketers and exhibitors of honey products ranging from honey to the many by-products now on the market.
The host of the 10th Congress of Caribbean Beekeepers – Richard Matthias of the Iyanola Apiculture Collective – welcomed the Covid-19 inspired format of a virtual conference. He said this added value to the quality and depth of presentations.
Mr. Matthias highlighted threats to pollinators such as bees and other insects. He urged the public to get involved in spreading awareness of the value of all pollinators.
The congress noted that beekeeping has no future if science and technology are not incorporated into the development of the industry.
The 10th Congress of Caribbean Beekeepers was made possible through the support of The Global Environment Fund SGP, UNPD St. Lucia; The Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture and telecommunications service provider FLOW.