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Report on provision of beehives and equipment to Ha Tinh beekeepers

  • Pham Duc Hanh
  • Bee Research Center, National Institute of Animal Sciences of Vietnam
  • June 2017
  • Report
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Report on provision of beehives and equipment to Ha Tinh beekeepers

Pham Duc Hanh

Bee Research Center

National Institute of Animal Sciences of Vietnam

 

  1. Itinerary
  • Friday, June 2: Traveled to Huong Son, Ha Tinh
  • Sunday, June 4: Handed over hives and equipment to beekeepers
  • Monday, June 5: Traveled to Hanoi.
  • Schedule of the day
    • 5h15: Handed over hives and equipment to the beekeepers
    • 8h00: Training on bee management to minimize effect of storms and floods
    • 11h00: Handling ceremony beehives and equipment to beekeepers.

     

  • Beehives and equipment
  • Beehives and equipment were handed over to beekeepers in Ha Tinh. Based on data of damage of beekeepers in the two communes, hives and equipment were assigned as below:

     

    250 hives (Son Tho 160; Duc Linh 90)

    10 boxes of foundation (Son Tho 6; Duc Linh 4) (1000pc)

    50 veils (Son Tho 30; Duc Linh 20)

    15 smokers (Son Tho 10; Duc Linh 5)

    4 extractors (Son Tho 2; Duc Linh 2)

     

  • Activities of the training
  • The training mainly focused on how to position beehives to minimize effect of storms and floods. Mr. Nguyen Quang Hoa, head of beekeeper’s club of Son Diem commune was invited to give a talk on his experiences to save bees from floods; each of the two communes has assigned a representative to talk at the training. Mr. Truong Anh Tuan from BRC also explained his idea to make tool to protect beehives in flooded areas. People were very productive to discuss.  

     

  • Participants in the ceremony
    • Nguyen Thanh Son (Head of Department of Agricultural and Rural Development): Representative of People Committee of Vu Quang district
    • Vo Quoc Hoi: Director of Center for transfer technique of raised animals and plants
    • Nguyen Khac Hoi: Chairman of People committee of Son Tho Commune
    • Pham Duc Hanh: Director of Bee Research Center (BRC)
    • Truong Anh Tuan: Deputy director of BRC
    • Nguyen Thong Thanh and Mr. Bui Trong Dien: staffs of BRC
    • Nguyen Kim Lan: Leader of the beekeeper’s clubs of Son Tho cummunes
    • Nguyen Quang Dai: Leader of the beekeeper’s clubs of Duc Linh cummunes
    • Beekeepers who received beehives and equipment.

     

  • Activities of the ceremony
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    Introduction - Mr. Nguyen Viet Hoang, staff of People committee of Son Tho Commune

    Opening speech - Mr. Nguyen Khac Hoi, chairman of People committee of Son Tho Commune

    Speech of handling organization - Pham Duc Hanh

    Speech of Dr. Gard Otis, representative of the donors - Pham Duc Hanh presented on Dr Otis’ behalf

    Speech of receiving organizations - Mr. Nguyen Kim Lan (Son Tho) and Mr. Nguyen Quang Dai (Duc Linh)

    Speech from People Committee of Vu Quang District - Mr. Nguyen Thanh Son, head of Dept. of Agricultural and Rural Development

    Ending speech - Mr. Nguyen Khac Hoi, chairman of People committee of Son Tho Commune

     

     

  • Conclusion
    • All 250 beehives and equipment were provided as planned (List of beekeepers with their signatures who have received beehives and equipment will be sent later)
    • The short training on position of beehives and bee management was conducted
    • Participants were very productive to discuss and share experiences at the training.

      

  • Acknowledgements from the representative of People Committee of Vu Quang District, leader of Son Tho commune, and beekeepers who benefited the funds
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    We are very grateful to donors worldwide for donation. Thank you very much for your kind and generous supports. Firstly, we would like to thank Prof. Gard Otis, who was pioneer in raising funds and has been accompanying us in our life although the CIDA project in Vietnam ended since 2013. We would like to thank Dr. Nicola Bradbear, Director of the Bees for Development, who set up the website rapidly to gather donations at no benefit to BfD. We also would like to thank the Bee Research Center–National Institute of Animal Sciences that acted as legal institution to receive the fund, especially Mr. Pham Duc Hanh and his colleagues with great efforts to do paper work and got new beehives produced and transported to Ha Tinh in harsh weather. We would say that our beekeeping situation is unable to improve without your donation.

     

    With the hives and equipment received, we will produce more honey and beehives. Income from beekeeping will change greatly our living conditions. We will continue to help our neighbor and relatives to do beekeeping by selling or offering beehives. From information gained at the training, we believe that we can save our bees from storms and floods in the future.

     

    Once again, we thank you very much for your generous donation.

     

    With the best regards,

    Local authorities and beekeepers in Vu Quang.

     

    Hanoi, June 6, 2017

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