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Beekeepers Benefit From New Caledonian Aid

Beekeepers in Fiji are benefiting from efforts by the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) in obtaining New Caledonian aid that has provided wax foundation sheets essential in the production
14 Jan 2017 11:00
Beekeepers Benefit From New Caledonian Aid
A beekeeper examines a wax foundation sheet for honey collection. These sheets are essential for honey production. Photo: Fiji Crop and Livestock Council

Beekeepers in Fiji are benefiting from efforts by the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) in obtaining New Caledonian aid that has provided wax foundation sheets essential in the production of honey in beehives, according to John Caldeira, President of the Fiji Beekeepers Association.

“Because of Cyclone Winston many of the beekeepers had lost a number of beehives that is not only affecting their livelihood, but because of reduced production, has limited the amount of honey available in the marketplace,” said Mr Caldeira.

He said beekeepers were grateful to the people of New Caledonia for this gift that was expected to increase the 2017 honey production by close to 125 tonnes, or approximately $47,000 more at the farm gate.

He said most of the beekeepers in the affected areas have worked to strengthen their surviving beehives, and by protecting their hive infrastructure from further damage they are better positioned for the 2017 season.

The gift from New Caledonia has certainly helped towards this end.

The council’s chief executive officer, Jiu Daunivalu, said they would continue efforts to help the beekeepers.

“The aid from New Caledonia is a result of an ongoing relationship with our island neighbour that is focused on strengthening agriculture in Fiji,” she said.

“Their successful experience in developing their own commercial agriculture sector that is one of the most successful in the region, has been a major benefit to FCLC in both in sharing their experience as well as providing funding that is helping to further develop our 12 commodity associations that make up the council.”

Source: Fiji Crop and Livestock Council

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