FAO distributed 400 beehives to Turkish beekeepers
Topics: FAO TURKISH BEE
The activity is part of a project on sustainable land management and climate-friendly agriculture jointly implemented with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and funded by the Global Environment Fund.
In Turkey, bee pollen and propolis production has increased in the last five years. However, producers and consumers are not conscious enough of other bee products (bee milk, bee pie, beeswax, bee venom), and production quantities are very small.
The potential of bees in increasing agricultural yields through pollination is underutilized as well.
Thus, during the distribution of the hives, the President of the Gaziantep Beekeepers Association, Nebi Koca, held a training session on the importance of beekeeping, including detailed information on the conditions necessary for technical beekeeping, bee diseases, bee products, and the benefits to human life.
Beekeeping has not only a positive impact on rural development, it also has ecological benefits and plays a major role in preventing climate change.
Pollination and increased presence of plants foster the protection of biodiversity, through which beekeeping significantly contributes to the control of soil erosion and water regime, making it indispensable for climate-friendly agricultural practices. ■