The virtual 10th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress has ended in St. Lucia after three days of presentations by beekeepers and experts from around the world.
The use of information technology, research and data gathering featured prominently in the closing sessions.
Caribbean bee-keepers spoke about increasingly incorporating new applications and technology in monitoring the health and productivity of bee colonies.
St. Lucia’s presentation focused on the use of software applications and data gathering tools as critical keys to success. It highlighted major advantages to the installation of hive monitors and hive management applications. Hive monitors have been installed across the island.
Data gathering was also underlined as critical to modern day beekeeping especially in light of climate change.
One thing was clear from presenters who came from as far away as India – no matter where bee-keepers exist, the challengers were basically similar, the key one being hive management.
Jamaica is hoping to maximise economic benefits from the increasing demand for pure honey. Beekeepers currently generate US16m annually. A key source market is the United States.