We will learn about Cuba's rich beekeeping culture and what makes it unique. Cuban agriculture has been predominantly organic and thus it has a healthy bee population and its exported honey is organic. The use of pesticides has been very controlled in cuba which has prevented the die-offs seen else where. Though Cuba does have Varoa it is jsut about 2-3 percent of the hive. We will learn what they do to keep it down as well as the many innovative methods and pieces of equipment they have made with limited access to supplies and money.
With Honey being Cuba's fourth largest export ahead of sugar and coffee,beekeeping is an established enterprise in the country. Cuban honey has its own distinct taste and is a very desirable commodity and a strong export. Cuba has over 1,000 independent small apiaries and in 2014 Cuba produced over 7,200 tons of organic honey.
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