Mr. Joseph A. Panas, the apiary manager, demonstrating the procedures of mite detection through sugar dusting method.
The Specialized Training on the Diagnosis of Honeybee Pest and Diseases Management was held on November 11-15, 2013 at DMMMSU-NLUC, Bacnotan, La Union.
This training was initially proposed to DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala soliciting for his support and endorsement. Aware of the numerous benefits of honeybees not just in the lives of people but also in the agricultural sector, a Memorandum from the Office of the DA Secretary was
signed and released authorizing the attendance to the training of personnel concerned from different DA Regional Field Offices and its attached agencies.
Participants of the 5-day training were: Larina G. Zabala – DA RFO I; Marissa E. Guillermo – DA RFO 5; Giovanni F. Valenciano – DA RFO 5; Jocelyn M. Ellevere – DA RFO 10; Archibald N. Ventura – DA RFO 11; and Serene Genesis P. Regala – graduating student of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture major in Apiculture at DMMMSU-NLUC.
Topics discussed are as follows: Brood Diseases – J. A. Panas; Adult Diseases – A. F. Sobrepena;
Bee Parasites – M. P. Soliba; Bee Pests and Predators – D. T. DeCastro; and Other Infectious Disorders – L. S. Dulay and M. P. Soliba.
Parts of the 5-day training were: practicum for field detection, identification, treatment/control and prevention of bee pests and diseases; practicum for laboratory diagnostic/identification of casual organisms; and field exposure tour/apiary site visitation at DMMMSU-NARTDI, Baguio City and at Bugias, La Trinidad, Benguet.
Considering the need of well-skilled quarantine personnel from the Offices of the Department of Agriculture (DA), it is hoped that this specialized training will open chances for the trainees to learn if not, master the ways on how to identify and or control honeybee pest and diseases including the different factors that affect the population growth of honeybees.