Friday, July 05, 2019

Propolis a Source of Extra Income for Turkish Beekeepers

Bee glue provides extra income for producers

SİİRT-Anadolu Agency

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Propolis, a resinous substance obtained from honeybees, has become a new source of extra income for beekeepers in Turkey.

In addition to honey, bees also produce a compound called propolis also known bee glue by mixing saliva and beeswax with exudate gathered from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources.

In an attempt to provide new revenue for producers, the association is preparing a project for the production, processing and marketing of propolis, pollen and royal jelly, Siirt Beekeepers' Association head Faik Efe told Anadolu Agency.

"It is very hard to produce propolis. That is why beekeepers have not interested in," Efe noted.

"Now, in Turkey's eastern Siirt province, a total of 50 out of 1,300 members of the association are producing propolis," he added.

Also carrying out various research and experiment studies on honey, royal jelly, pollen and propolis at Beekeeping Research and Application Center in Siirt University, academician Cahit Ozcan said bees use propolis as a immune system to protect and sterilize their hives from viruses and bacteria...

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