Earlier this year, it was announced that the 11th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress will be held here in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from Sunday, 30th October – Wednesday, 2nd November, 2022.
The theme coined for this year’s event is “Building the Resilience of a Beekeeping Industry after a Natural Disaster”.
Not only will this event provide Beekeepers with the opportunity to gain exposure, but it will also assist in sensitizing the wider communities on the importance of bees to our food security. This congress will also promote opportunities for new alternative livelihoods, particularly for young persons.
Monday, October 17th 2022, saw the official launch of the 11th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress at SPAZIO Headquarters Conference Room in Frenches. Present at the launch were Mr. Cornelius Richards, Co-ordinator for the Caribbean Beekeeping Congress, Mr. Allan Williams, Beekeeping Extension Officer and Ms. Shafika Andrews, Head of the Secretariat for the Caribbean Beekeeping Congress.
Coordinator for the 11th Caribbean Beekeeping Congress, Mr. Cornelius Richards indicated that the focus of this year’s congress will be on the natural factors that are contributing to the decline of the bee population. The 2021 La Soufriere Volcano eruption severely impacted the beekeeping industry in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, however, since then the bee population is recovering smoothly which is largely impart due to the hard work of the Apiculturist of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, he informed. Mr. Richards concluded by inviting regional and international partners to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to share information on resiliency development in the beekeeping industry, following a natural disaster.
Beekeeping Extension Officer, Mr. Allan Williams, disclosed that the event would be a dynamic experience with several activities centered on the dissemination of information about the industry. He also stated that there would be a mass tree planting activity as part of the endeavor to replenish the tree population, following the volcanic eruption, as it plays a major role in bee development. Mr. Williams extended an invitation to all current and aspiring beekeepers to register, as it can assist in building their capacity in bee development.
SOURCE: Communications Unit Ministry of Agriculture