Beekeeping contributes to the sustained development of agriculture as it allows more and better harvests and the protection of the environment

Beehive population in Peru would exceed 300.000. This activity involves more than 40 thousand small beekeepers.

Beekeeping is an economic activity that plays a decisive role in agriculture, as it contributes to the sustained development of this activity and the achievement of more and better harvests, as well as the protection of the environment. In addition, through pollination, it contributes to the production of wild fruits that are used by rural communities.

This was indicated by the General Directorate of Agricultural Development and Agroecology (DGDAA) of the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri), which stressed that thanks to pollination it has been possible to improve and increase the production of many fruit trees such as avocados, blueberries, etc. which has favored the increase in exports and, therefore, improve the economy of small producers who are engaged in this activity.

"Beekeeping in Peru, in most cases, being a complementary activity to the main agricultural activity, is a secondary source of income for rural families," he said.

He added that Beekeeping is recognized and highly appreciated, mainly for the production of honey, but also offers various products derived from the hive such as pollen, wax, royal jelly, propolis, among others.

The DGDAA highlighted that the National Beekeeping Development Plan (PNDA) 2015-2025, approved by Ministerial Resolution No. 0125-2015-Minagri in March 2015, has the mission of promoting competitive and sustainable beekeeping. In this sense, he pointed out that Ministerial Resolution No. 0333-2017-Minagri, published on August 21, 2017 creates the Working Group called "National Beekeeping Table" in charge of monitoring and monitoring the execution of the National Development Plan Beekeeping 2015 - 2025.

The Day of the Peruvian Beekeeper is coming

In 1994, the Law that Declares Beekeeping and Agroindustrial Activity of Beekeeping Products of National Interest (Law No. 26305), precisely because of its great economic, social and ecological importance. In Ministerial Resolution No. 0143-95-AG, of March 23, 1995, which regulates Law No. 26305, in its Article 21 it is resolved to institute on September 23 the Day of the Peruvian Beekeeper and on May 13 each year the National Beekeeping Day will be celebrated.

The Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) through the General Directorate of Agricultural Development and Agroecology (DGDAA) together with the Peruvian Confederation of Beekeepers (Copeapi), will carry out this Thursday, September 23 at 10:00 am. a virtual ceremony, in order to recognize and highlight the "Day of the Peruvian Beekeeper."

The event will feature the participation of officials, professionals and specialists in beekeeping, both from Midagri and Copeapi. Among the topics to be addressed are: The National Agrarian Policy 2021-2030 and the National Plan for Beekeeping Development. Also, the Management of Hives to prevent and control the presence of pests and diseases. Likewise, on the Integrated Management of the main diseases that affect apiaries.

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