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28 Graduate from Beekeeping Training Programme

Twenty-eight apprentice beekeepers recently graduated from a training programme in apiculture having benefited from a $2.9 million investment in the sector by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land. The Apiculture Unit of the Research and Development Division in the Ministry … Continued


Beekeepers to Start Receiving Loans Soon

Bee farmers, who qualify under the Beekeeping Revolving Loan Programme, will begin receiving the funds as early as the next two weeks. Under the programme, established bee farmers will receive a maximum of about $250,000 to commercialize their operations, which … Continued


Illegal Honey Importers Warned to Desist

Persons illegally importing honey into the island are being warned to desist, or face confiscation of their goods under the Beekeeping Act. According to Reginald Peddy, Chief Apiculture Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, there has been an influx of … Continued


$3.5 Million Bee Restoration Programme now Underway

The Apiculture Unit at Bodles in St. Catherine has undertaken a hurricane restoration programme valued at some $3.5 million, to partially restock the colonies of those bee farmers, who suffered losses during Hurricane Ivan last September. Reginald Peddy, Chief Apiculture … Continued


Bee Farmers get Help to Fight Small Hive Beetle

The Apiculture Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture has put stringent measures in place to control the Aethina Tumida or the ‘small hive beetle,’ which is affecting bee apiaries in the corporate area. Reginald Peddy, Chief Apiculture Officer, told JIS … Continued


Beekeepers Make Strides Amidst Challenges

They speak of bees like mothers speak of babes. Their eyes gleam with awe and what can only be described as love, amongst a medley of other emotions. Perhaps only fellow beekeepers could share the care and fascination of Audrey … Continued


0rganic Products to Be Certified

The Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement (JOAM) is currently developing a local certification programme, which will provide assurance to local consumers that they are purchasing certified organic products. This is being done in collaboration with the Caribbean Regional Human Resources Development … Continued


Agricultural Production Increase in ST. Ann

Agricultural production in St. Ann rebounded in 2003, recording growth for three successive quarters, following a year, which saw low output in 2002. Vivian Kildare, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Parish Manager, told JIS News that production declined by 27 … Continued

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