Agro Minister announces several measures to boost apiculture

The main limiting factor for the expansion of apiculture in Mauritius is the decreasing area under melliferous plants such as eucalyptus, campêche, jamblon, tamarind, roussaille and vavangue. Consequently, to address this constraint, forest areas in Bras d’Eau to the extent of 10 hectares, 19 hectares at Le Morne, 7 hectares at La Ferme, 15 hectares in the ex-tea belt areas, 5 hectares at Bell Village and 3 hectares at Cap Malheureux will be planted with melliferous plants.

 

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.

 

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