A resilient country must do all in its power to save the bees- Lennox Fagan

Lennox Fagan is former President of the Beekeepers Cooperatives

Former President of the Beekeepers Cooperatives, Lennox Fagan has said a resilient country must do all in its power to save bees on the island.

He was making a presentation at the Beekeepers Cooperative stakeholders’ conference held at the Prevost Cinemall on Tuesday.

“A resilient country must do all in its power to save the bees,” he said.

Fagan said also that the main objective of the cooperative is to develop the apiculture industry at a sustainable form of livelihood and a strong contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and food security.

He said Hurricane Maria dealt a heavy blow to the industry with about 65% of hives destroyed.

“Currently there are about 250 hives remaining on the island of Dominica,” he stated.

He pointed out that the government of Dominica has pledged to provide the cooperative sector with the assistance of $1-million.

Fagan said the cooperative proposed to set up a honey processing plan to facilitate the packaging and marketing of raw honey from beekeepers.

Honey on display at the conference

Meantime, Registrar of Cooperative, Mariet Canoville pointed to the importance of bees to food security.

“Food security is our business and without bees, we have no food,” she stated. “Take this very seriously…”

She urged participants to follow-up on what will come out of the conference.

“In Dominica, we have something good going for us since in many countries have problems with bees, bees are depleting, we too have our own challenges here where we see the depletion of bees,” Canoville stated.

She noted that as the country recovers from Hurricane Maria, “we should take a clean slate and do what is best for our economy.”

“We need to bring our economy back to a vibrant one and this is the first step,” Canoville remarked.

Furthermore she said there is a restructuring in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Cooperative Division is now having a stronger relationship with the Ministry of Agriculture and as a result, she encourages farmers to go out there and do what is best for the increase in the production of honey.

Canoville pointed out that persons need also to look at when and how they use pesticides, “because you don’t want further depletion of bees.”

She called on members of the bee cooperatives to unite to better themselves.

“In bettering ourselves we can better our country, we can’t do it alone, the bees are showing us how we should work and so too we should work to build our country Dominica,” Canoville stated.

The beekeepers’ group started in 1992 as a result of a training conducted.

The group was registered as a cooperative society in 2018 with a membership of fifteen.

As of 2018 the cooperative has a membership of 30 with many more people showing interest.

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15 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 25, 2018

    “Former President of the Beekeepers Cooperatives, Lennox Fagan has said a resilient country must do all in its power to save bees on the island.”

    So, you see what happens to people when they are missed informed, and not knowing what they are talking about when they become repetitive running along with the garbage they hear people spew?

    Definition of the terminology  resilient:  “Capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture,”  it also mean  to recover from, or adjust easily to misfortune or change!

    What does that have to do with “save bees on the island?”

    The production of Bees internationally are diminishing, scientists has not yet discovered why they are dying; nevertheless.  here this Dominica genus, in the first and only nation on earth that cannot bend or brake and can withstand all devastating elements, such as earthquake floods hurricane, fire resiliency can be used to save Bees also!

    Why are our people so dumb, and stupid?

    By…

    • LifeandDeath
      July 26, 2018

      Francisco, I know all Human Beings have good and bad traits and you are human like the rest of us here but please for a moment consider your countless harsh reprimands. Sometimes they are completely unwarranted like in this case.
      If it is that you are going bonkers we would hardly expect that you would be first to notice or even admit. So look in the mirror pal. Do a bit of introspection and calmly enjoy your evening tea in peace and quiet and eventual honor when you stop meaninglessly lambasting hard working human beings such as yourself.
      I will tell you sometimes I feel your criticism is well placed but not in this case..Tone down!!

    • The most High is watching and listening
      July 27, 2018

      Why is that senile geriatric from Wesley so “dumb and stupid”! Always criticising others who are far more intelligent than himself. Always repeating the same old negativity. So you think Mr Fagan is
      ” missed informed”. Wow! I believe you are MISINFORMED. For an individual who claims to be ‘highly educated’, your comments are replete with bad spellings (e.g. your recent outburst in response to the archeological findings by Dr Honeychurch and his colleagues at Woodford Hill). Please learn to spell
      Correctly before boring us all with your mindless ramblings. Better still, give us all a break from
      Your bitterness and jealousy of others.

  2. jammy
    July 24, 2018

    If you want to save the bees, then farmers need to stop using dangerous chemicals on plants…. Diazinon (which is banned in developed countries) is used rampantly in Dominica… There are others used which kill bees… Farmers need to only apply such chemicals at sunset, by then bees will be asleep…

  3. July 24, 2018

    As a sculptor I use beeswax in many of my processes, from molding to polishing. Currently I am using imported beeswax but I would prefer to use a local product.

    I would be grateful for information on a source of supply.

  4. Beezzyyy
    July 24, 2018

    Here’s a math problem for you folks
    If 35% = 250 hives, how many did we start with?

    Please show your working.

    • Love 'em
      July 24, 2018

      Approximately 715 . If we had all this before, that’s impressive!

  5. Shambala
    July 24, 2018

    Bees are more important to our food than you could ever imagine.

  6. %
    July 24, 2018

    I do hope that the pledge of one million is delivered…This failed DLP is very deceptive.
    This picture is impressive. It needs to grow.
    Where The Wicked Rule The People Mourn
    This DLP is a Wicked and Evil Party..

    • Good news
      July 24, 2018

      All negative from % the high school dropout. Regardless to what is being said % MUST Pit his dirty 3 % cent in it. Again bosozo you can read but cannot comprehend comprehend. They are talking about the beeeees. Skeritte MUST GO. Where to find more money schools and roads.

      • %
        July 24, 2018

        Don’t let % send you to PMH,because after18 long years under DLP you may not return.Skerrit will not send you to Martinique. So relax,DLP is going out.Shame on this DLP regime.
        Hope Skerrit make good on the pledge. It’s one thing to pledge,but another thing to deliver.
        Where The Wicked Rule The People Mourn
        This DLP is a Wicked and Evil Party

      • %
        July 24, 2018

        @Good News The word is “bozo”,not that KOSHONYEE you have typed.Stop raising your blood pressure.Skerrit does not care about you.I am an illiterate because after 18 years our education system under Skerrit as PM, has failed me.
        Again Skerrit it is one thing to pledge, but please deliver.
        Where The Wicked Rule The People Mourn
        This DLP is a Wicked and Evil Party.

  7. ?????????
    July 24, 2018

    Way all you non? Is only negative all you like to comment? Way all you. Nice Beeholders Cooperative. Ok Ms. Marriette yes they must look at how they use pesticide.

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