The great importance of bees is forgotten

Miroslav Radulović, 33, from Komirić near Osecina, has been engaged in beekeeping since he was eighteen. He started with five and today there are 45 bee societies. He says that beekeeping was a lucrative business in previous years, while it has been getting worse lately. According to him, the problem for beekeepers is late spring frosts, acacia freezes, then precipitation occurs and the yield is very weak. Read below how he struggles with these challenges.

Beekeeping is an less and less popular profession – Photo: Dejan Davidović

Miroslavljev grandfather he is a beekeeper by his mother, so he started watching and learning with him from an early age. He became interested in this business and formed a beehive.

“I like to do that and I mostly beekeeping out of love, not out of some benefit. I would single out 2015, which was good, when there were on average 15 to 20 kilograms of honey per hive, the rest were really bad with a low yield. uses.

Less and less interested in beekeeping

However, in the plum region as it is Osecina, very few young people are interested in beekeeping, precisely because the years are getting worse in terms of yield. It is estimated that there are about 100 beekeepers in the territory of this municipality 5000 hives.

“There are 53 beekeepers in our association average age 58.5 years which is extremely old. When it is a good year, such as 2018, when there is honey, then the number of beekeepers suddenly increases, but the problem arises when worse years start and then no one thinks about beekeeping, “Miroslav is worried.

They have been worse in recent years bee pastures therefore, there are no interested parties.

Aleksandar Nikolic, the president of the Association of Beekeepers “Pera Jovanović Komirićanac” from Osecina, says that this year only one person was interested in membership in the association and planned to do this business.

hivesHives – Photo: Dejan Davidović

Incentives for the development of beekeeping in Osecina come from the Association and local self-government

How would incited as many people as possible to start beekeeping, the association organizes educational lectures, and pays the most attention to the youngest. After a few years break, they presented themselves at this year’s plum fair with the participation of representatives of the Association of Beekeeping Organizations of Serbia.

“It is difficult to encourage people to engage in beekeeping because everyone is looking at money and how much honey the bees will bring, although that is not the only benefit of bees, which have many more important role especially for our fruit-growing region “, says Nikolić.

Incentives for the development of beekeeping from budget singles out local self-government. This year the Association of Beekeepers “Pera Jovanovic Komiricanac” received earmarked funds in the amount 100 thousand dinars, while 15 beekeepers from the associations in Osecina and Pecka received a little more than 300 thousand dinars for the purchase of equipment.

By the way, the municipality of Osecina is also a signatory Declarations on the protection of bees in Serbia. This implies that the municipal inspection will inform the local beekeeping associations about the time of mosquito treatment and participate in the training of fruit growers in the application funds for the protection of orchards.

Dejan Davidovic, Journalist

More than a decade in this business. Author of numerous reports and informative articles in television shows, among which agriculture occupied a dominant place. I think that every food producer, even the smallest one, deserves to be talked about and written about.


Source: Agromedia by www.agromedia.rs.

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