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Beekeeping for exporting honey

Vietnam recently has become the sixth honey  exporter in the world and it ranks first in terms of output among honey exporting countries to the United states. The potential of beekeeping for honey in  Vietnam still has a lot of opportunities for development and expansion.

 

The Research Center for Tropical Bees and Beekeeping at Vietnam National University of Agriculture has applied new technology in beekeeping that helps bring high economic value to beekeepers in Vietnam.

The Research Center for Tropical Bees and Beekeeping at Vietnam National University of Agriculture is well-known as one of the leading units in this sector. The center has implemented research and transferred the technology of beekeeping to beekeepers nationwide.  It also produces high-quality honey products, supplying both domestic and foreign markets.

Visiting the center in the season when bees are active, hundreds of brood boxes are put in logan fruit orchards with bees buzzing  everywhere. This creates a miniature natural ecosystem inside the Vietnam National University of Agriculture.



The Research Center for Tropical Bees and Beekeeping is the first one in Vietnam

which conducts parallel research and training in beekeeping.

Dr. Pham Hong Thai, director of the Research Center for Tropical Bees and Beekeeping checks the quality of bee colonies..

Checking honey making process of the bee colonies.

Dr. Pham Hong Thai instructs students how to get honey. .

 

The Research Center for Tropical Bees and Beekeeping was established in 2006 with the aim of doing research about bees. The center has applied high-technology in beekeeping following VietGap standards that help enhance both the productivity and quality of honey products.

With this model of beekeeping, all products are transparent about their origin, including seeds, flower  sources, supplements and disease prevention used in the process of taking care of bees.

In addition, the center is also the first unit of Vietnam which has succeeded in artificial insemination for the queen bee, providing hundreds of breeding queens and thousands of bee colonies for Vietnamese beekeepers. The success of this model has brought the brand of Vietnamese beekeeping to the world. The center has received visitor internships, scholars and beekeepers from the US, South Korea, Japan and Belarus.

The center always keeps up with beekeeping trends in the world and applies new technology and techniques in research and production. It helps beekeepers to change their beekeeping practices from using single brood boxes to double brood boxes to improve honey quality.

Dr. Pham Hong Thai, director of the Research Center for Tropical Bees and Beekeeping implements part of the artificial insemination for the queen bee. 

The artificial insemination for the queen bee has provided hundreds of queen bees

and thousands of bee colonies for bee keepers in Vietnam.

The blockchain-based application helps the Research Center for Tropical Bees and Beekeeping to  race the origin of products such as seeds, flower sources, supplements and disease prevention used in taking care of bee colonies..

 High-quality products of honey from the Research Center for Tropical Bees and Beekeeping. 

 

 

According to the center’s director Dr. Pham Hong Thai, using double brood boxes in beekeeping takes advantage of the open space of nature with clean bees and a pure honey resource. The product from a double brood box is five times more than the honey harvested from a single brood box.

The center has incubated 100 colonies of domestic bees and 200 colonies of foreign bees. It has mastered the technology of artificial insemination for the breeding queen that helps create good quality bee colonies.

Annually, the center organizes training courses for beekeepers to access advanced techniques in beekeeping around the world. During the 2020-2022 period, the center helped Son La and Nghe An provinces build seven foreign beekeeping models for honey using double brood boxes. The models are conducted following VietGap standards with the scale of 715 colonies of bees, worth about 3.5 billion dong (roughly 150,000 US dollars).

 

By Viet Cuong Translated by Nguyen Tuoi

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