A scene to avoid.A beekeeper without bees
Honeybees are fading away. If the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), however, is the major trouble facing Lebanese beekeepers, the climate
change and Alfaroa insect which sucks the blood of the bee to cause its death also make things worse. The lack of medicines in the market, on the other hand, conforming to the European and international standards is also another trouble to mention.
Since 2005, the problem has exacerbated with an outbreak of CCD, when bees have suddenly disappeared from their hives for unexplained reasons. Many countries around the world have suffered from the loss or extinction of large numbers of bees and Lebanon is no exception.
With an annual production of a thousand tons of honey, climate change, however, has reduced the rate to 60 percent last year. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanon is home to almost 5,000 beekeepers and 160 thousand hives. This means that every beekeeper has an average of 40 hives, which is a small number. It’s worth mentioning that honeybees are mainly essential to sustain biological diversity.
However, if demand to help beekeepers save their production, is sometimes falling on deaf ears in Lebanon, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is giving a hand. The organization has inaugurated a project to establish a center of honey production in Baskinta and Ain Kaboue villages. Within the Telefood program, the project aims to provide hives and equipment to help raise bees and produce honey.
Since its launch, TeleFood program has funded more than 30 projects in Lebanon covering the activities of several agricultural sectors, according to the UN website. The ongoing small scale projects which have reached 11 to this day, generally handle beekeeping, the transformation of agricultural products and agricultural education.
Today, both government and NGOs could save what remains of honeybees, by providing beekeepers with assistance to help them reduce the high cost of production and setting up a strategy to promote their products which enables them to face competition. Educating beekeepers on how to use medicines and pesticides to combat certain diseases that affect bees particularly Alfaroa also remains critical.
STRATEGIES & PLANS
A fundraising event, entitled Think Green, will be held by Zero Waste ACT for all its business members on September, 10,2013, at WHITE, Dora.
The Green Mind Association invited all Green Mind Award Participants, finalists, runner ups and winners to the GREEN MIND DAY on Jan-16-2013 in Beirut, to create a platform where interested Venture Capital and Potential Investors met with participants.
A green initiative launched by Ashrafieh 2020 project aims to transform Ashrafieh into a tranquil and unpolluted area.Green spaces allow residents to walk and ride bicycles.