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Exploring Stingless Bee Farming in the Philippines

Exploring Stingless Bee Farming in the Philippines

Livestock
The declining population of pollinators has emerged as a global concern, impacting ecosystems and agricultural production. The apiculture industry faces numerous challenges, notably colony collapse disorder (CCD), attributed to the susceptibility of introduced bee species, Apis mellifera, to pests and diseases. Dr. Cleofas R. Cervancia, President of the Apimondia Regional Commission in Asia, recognizes the need for innovative strategies to revitalize beekeeping in the Philippines. This article explores the promising alternative of stingless bee farming (Tetragonula biroi) and its potential to transform the country's beekeeping industry. Challenges of Conventional Beekeeping The Philippines imports around 300 metric tons of honey annually, while local production remains at only about ...