Agro Minister announces several measures to boost apiculture
Without bees, there would be no flowering plants, and without flowering plants there would be no bees. The honeybees and stingless bees have originally developed in forest biotopes.
Bees provide a better pollination that leads to improved regeneration of trees and conservation of the forest’s biodiversity as well as for the food production of all the other animals and birds in the forest ecosystem dependent on it for food, seeds and fruits.
Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun, recalled that apiculture which is practiced mainly as a part time activity in Mauritius has been affected by the presence of the varroa mite and the small hive beetle. As a result, the annual honey production which is about 35 tons annually had dropped to less than 25 tons in 2015. Some 10,000 melliferous plants will be planted by 2018 by the Forestry Service under this project, underlined Mr Seeruttun, adding that this measure will ensure a continuous flow of nectar to honey bees thus increasing honey production. Furthermore, the Forestry Service will not cut down eucalyptus trees in selected zones, he said.