Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University and the Office of 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah ‘Bobby’ Dimakuta Dimaporo spearheads “BASIC BEEKEEPING & SPECIALIZED TRAINING HONEYBEE PESTS AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT” in partnership with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte at the Macapagal Training Center from July 16 to 19 and the graduation ceremony was held in Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex Grandstand on the next day, July 20, 2018.

Beekeeping or Apiculture has been steering the interest of farmers, agriculture technicians, and other stakeholders all over the country. It is an agri-based, ecologically-balanced and promising industry that encourages the participation or involvement of both men and women in community development.

The products of beekeeping specifically honey, are highly in demand both in the local and international markets. Similarly, beekeeping is significant in the production of quality agricultural crops through the bee’s pollination services.

To make the training effective, DMMSU – National Apiculture Research Training and Development Institute will provide the technical expertise but it could not be more efficient without the concerted efforts of the said Institution and the Municipal and Provincial Government units, the 2nd Congressional Office and other concerned or line-agencies.

The training will help increase the number of beekeeping technicians in the country. It is designed in the specialization on Honeybee Pests and Diseases Management by providing the trainees advance knowledge and skills of provincial and municipal veterinarians and agriculture technicians who will look after the beekeepers in their respective localities.

The objectives are to train ten (10) Veterinarians and Agriculture Technicians from the Provincial and Municipal Government on the management of bee pests and diseases; and expose the trainees to actual field diagnose and inspection or identification of colony infestations.

This project is just one of the series of livelihood programs under the Inclusive Growth Plan of the Quibranza Dimaporo Initiative in finding ways to help alleviate the lives of its residents in collaboration with National Apiculture Research Training and Development Institute (NARTDI) of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, La Union. PIO-LDN