Honey now a DA-NEDA commodity in Ilocos
By:Department of Agriculture Information Service
Posted: 25-Sep-2011 / 5 years 31 weeks ago
Honey is now one of the approved commodities of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in the Ilocos Region.
This developed as the La Union National Apiculture Research, Training and Development Institute (NARTDI), mandated to educate and train would-be beekeepers, apiculturists, and other stakeholders, approved a position paper submitted by a technical working group created for such purpose.
The NARTDI approval came during the 2nd Advisory Board meeting of apiculture stakeholders at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University in Bacnotan, La Union.
Chaired by Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, represented by Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Director Efren C. Nuestro, the board considered resolutions on the Apiculture Stakeholder’s plan for 2011-2016, amendments to RA 9151 and the Regional Development Council, and for the inclusion of apiculture/beekeeping as one of the commodities of the DA/RDC.
In Alcala’s message read by Director Nuestro, DA fully supports the development of the country’s apiculture industry and encouraged the public to aggressively champion the honeybee industry.
He cited that the country is producing honey at 150 metric tons per year, which is not enough to satisfy the requirement of different end-users such as households, hotels, restaurants and other institutional buyers.
In 2009, the country has imported 399 tons of honey, valued at US$ 1.32 million or an estimated P61 million. The country is also importing 104 tons of artificial honey, valued at P4 million from major supplier Australia which contributes around 89 percent to world supply.
India contributes three percent, United States and Austria contribute two (2) percent each, while Thailand and Egypt contribute one percent each.
Provincial Governor Manuel C. Ortega, for his part, entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with DMMMSU, Rep. Victor Ortega, and the La Union Beekeepers Development Cooperative (LUBDCO) for the operation and composition of the management committee and technical working group of the newly inaugurated La Union Honeybee Center at Raois, Bacnotan.
The construction of the center was facilitated by the DA in the amount of P10.5 million, initiated during the term of former Secretary, now Bohol Gov. Arthur C. Yap