Friday, May 20, 2016

Filipino Beekeepers Plan Apitherapy Products from Stingless Bees

Farmers make money out of honey in Real, Quezon

Philippines News Agency
May 16, 2016

LUCENA CITY, Quezon — Thirty five farmers in Quezon province’s northeastern town of Real started honey bee production with the assistance of the Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA) and the Rotary Club Lucena University District.

Quezon provincial information office reported over the weekend that the Real farmers undertook a three-day training conducted by Dr. PJ De Castro, a noted beekeeper and researcher.

De Castro said the honey or “pulot” in Filipino from stingless bees locally known as “lukutan” provides more health benefits and is processed as an ingredient for medicine, food, beverages and cosmetics.

De Castro explained that more products can also be made from bee hives like pollen, royal jelly, propolis (bee glue), wax bee venom and bee brood that command higher prices than honey.

He said that honey from stingless bees is also priced higher than the other honey-producing bee varieties and will provide additional income to farmers since these stingless bees abound in the province...

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