Beekeeping in the Caribbean

The potential for the production of honey and related products for the Caribbean is great. The climate, flora and demand fot an economical, locally produced sweetener provide an ideal setting for expanded production. Start-up and ongoing expenses are minimal compared to most agricultural endeavors. Although management is needed, anyone with a desire can learn the necessary skills. Recently, a technical assistance program between Dominica and Michigan State University catalyzed developments for the industry on that island. Field level Agriculture Extension Agents from the two countries worked together to identify potential producers, provide training, and encourage the development of producer support systems. Such a technical assistance program could be continued with Extension Agents and experienced volunteer beekeepers who would help local beekeepers improve their skills, create new products and reteach other beginning beekeepers. A joint program to pool expertise and interests could be developed and is worth exploring.

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Oct 21 1984
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