VIGAN CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) - - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 1, through the Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Ilocos Sur, capacitated the skills of more than 30 wild honey hunters in the province through its Bee Industry Science and Technology Support (BISTS) project.
In a skills training held recently in the municipalities of Nagbukel and Quirino, said honey hunters learned bee keeping technologies such as proper wild honey collection, native hives bee keeping, bee pest and diseases management, and introduction to honeybee products and by-products.
Lectures on supplemental food preparation and feeding management, assembly of the beehive and wax foundation, and joining of hives were also conducted, according to the DOST.
The Department also awarded 16 bee nucs or colonies and other bee keeping start-up kits and materials to the two municipalities.
Six colonies with complete bee hive set and apparatus including a honey bee extractor were awarded to Barangay Cosocos, Nagbukel and five nucs each for Barangays Lamag and Patiacan, Quirino.
“Maragsakan kami ta iti amin nga ahensya ti gobyerno, ti DOST pay laeng ti nangidanon ti training ditoy barangaymi ken nangibati ti pagrugian a mausar iti panangitultuloy iti daytoy a pagsapulan,” said Cosocos Barangay Chaiperson Joel Almazan.
(We are very glad that the DOST brought this training to our barangay, and provided start-up kits for us to continue with this livelihood program.)
Quirino Vice Mayor Rodolfo Aciong also expressed his gratitude to the DOST for providing kits and other materials providing additional income to the beneficiaries.
“Nagasattayo ta ada kanayon ti DOST a mangisabet ti tulong ken mangited ti alternative a pagsapulan tapno manayonan ti incometayo,” said VM Aciong.
The DOST said the BISTS project aims to provide alternative and sustainable livelihood to armed-conflict-affected communities utilizing existing potentials and resources, hence, to deliver bee colonies and materials towards sustainable honey production suitable to the highland forested areas of these communities.
The skills training was held through the DOST, in partnership with the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University - National Apiculture Research Training and Development Institute.
“The interventions are part of the livelihood component of the community empowerment through its Science and Technology Program implemented in the province catering to insurgency-affected municipalities,” added PSTC Ilocos Sur Head Engr. Jordan Abad. (JCR/JMCQ, PIA Ilocos Sur with reports from DOST-PSTC Ilocos Sur)