FAVACA/HRDF APICULTURE PROJECT IN AQUIN

FAVACA/HRDF APICULTURE PROJECT IN AQUIN

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SCOPE OF WORK:

Request was for assistance in training beekeepers of the Aquin area in hive construction and increase of colony numbers/production. R. Chasser conducted equipment workshop, T. Mozer led live-bee demonstrations/discussions of problems encountered, and Marc Roger served as interpreter/facilitator with N. Marks also present.

RESULTS/IMPACT:

Previous project begun by Belgian non-profit group “Apiculture Without Borders” was discontinued after 2000 for uncertain reasons; we found the Aquin beekeepers association had decreased in membership/livestock numbers by approximately half since then.


Problems encountered included the likely introduction of bee-parasitic Varroa mites in the past 5 years or so (reflected by beekeeper/colony losses reported to us, as well as field observations), and the use of apparently inappropriate equipment/technology and management strategies for local conditions [see “Small Scale Beekeeping” for an overview of appropriate apiculture:

http://apiservices.com/articles/us/small_beekeeping/index.htm

We discussed possible remediation for future development, including equipment changes and the preservation of surviving/adapted bee strains/subspecies that appear to be mite/disease tolerant at present.

  • COUNTRY OF ASSIGNMENT: HAITI
  • VOLUNTEER NAMES: RAY CHASSER/TOMAS MOZER
  • PROJECT DATES: JULY 22-28, 2002

DESCRIPTION OF RECIPIENT ORGANIZATION: HAITIAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (H.R.D.F.) /BEEKEEPING PROJECT

see: http://www.hrdf.org/project_beekeepers.html in collaboration with USAID/HAITI.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Suggested certain strategies for maximizing colony health/hive production under current operational limitations, but strongly encourage examination of alternative intermediate methodologies as a transition from rustic beekeeping being practiced. The conservation of naturalized bee stocks promises to be a major part of the solution to present problems, and protection from well-intentioned germplasm importation as well as incidental/accidental introductions should be emphasized.

FOLOW-UP:

Contacts with other national/regional apicultural agencies/groups/individuals should be pursued as much as possible in order to tap available resources/expertise, such as for example the Ferme d’Experimentation et de Demonstration Apicole (FEDA) [B.P. 16043, Petion-Ville, HT6140, Haiti]. A return visit in about six months to Aquin would attempt further training/assessment, with the option of introducing more appropriate technologies/strategies for beekeepers evaluation. Future assistance may include information on organizing cooperatives as a vehicle for development.

DAILY ACTIVITIES SUMMARY:

Arrived 7/22/02 in Port-au-Prince, met with USAID. 7/23: travel to Aquin, meet with beekeepers association organizers, deliver equipment/supplies. 7/24: conducted equipment workshop by R. Chasser, approximately 10 beekeepers attended. 7/25: conducted live-bee inspections/demonstrations by T. Mozer, another 10 or so attended. 7/26: conducted wrap-up with M. Roger/N. Marks attending, return to Port-au-Prince, meet USAID. 7/27: toured other FAVACA-related projects nearby. Departed Haiti on 7/28/02.

PERSONS CONSULTED: contact M. Roger/N. Marks for date/details.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY: T. Mozer, apicultural consultant/apiary technician (UofF) P.O. Box 4144, St. Augustine, FL/USA 32085/Email: tommozer@hotmail.com .

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The Haitian Resource Development Foundation prioritizes programs that enable and empower various Haitian locales to further personal and collective independence. Engaging in a range of programs over 20 years, the HRDF continues a commitment to providing measurable results for program beneficiaries and program benefactors. Working with multiple international partners from North America and Europe, the HRDF is committed to fundamental improvements in Haitian villages to ensure greater economic vitality in the near future.