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BEEKEEPING and FARMING in the North of ARGENTINA - News 1

A report dated 15th August 2014, covering the period from March to July of this year, gives some very good news of this project, despite difficult weather conditions.

A report dated 15th August 2014, covering the period from March to July of this year, gives some very good news of this project, despite difficult weather conditions.

BEEKEEPING

Each month, a workshop is held for the 20 new beekeepers, in which they learn to monitor the hives in order to estimate the reserves required for the winter, treat parasites, mainly the Varroa mite, and monitor the bees’ feeding.

We now have an apiary of 410 hives!

The extraction room has been refitted for the new 2014-15 harvest planned with 30 beekeepers. An extractor with 28 frames, 2 honey tanks, a recipient and 2 skimmers have been purchased out of the 5% contributed by each beekeeper.

45 barrels of honey have been sealed for this 2013-2014 collection, i.e. 14,490kg, after having received positive results from the analyses performed on the samples. This is the best collection in the last 5 years!x
More work is still required on the marketing networks in relation to the Fair Trade organisation: the kilo of honey is purchased at $3.85 whereas it costs $2.95. The beekeepers are not satisfied!

 

SMALL ANIMAL FARMING

14 women and 2 men have joined forces in order to plan the conservation of forage crops. With an average of 2.2ha per plot, several varieties of forage crops have been sown over a total of 26.5ha. The average yield was 25t of green forage and 32t of dry forage. Then trials were performed with 10 different types of silo in order to discover the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

And to confirm the group’s great success, their knowledge has been passed on to the neighbouring areas!

In addition, since May, a health protection programme has been set up for the goats with the help of an inter-institutional team, to diagnose the presence of brucellosis in the flocks, treat it, eliminate it, and avoid contaminating the children. 23 small farmers have taken part in this survey. Out of 1000 test tubes of blood samples, 14 were positive. Other problems have been reported: parasitosis, mineral deficiencies, viral or bacterial infections that everyone wants to treat.

 

WATER PROBLEMS

On 26th January, a meeting was held in the peasants’ house attended by 18 farmers from 7 different territories, in order to have a diagnosis on the lack of water for the population and for the livestock.

On 18th March, a second meeting of 25 farmers with technicians from INTA and SSAF enabled to consider the solutions available with the help of their institutions: drilling, installation of pumps, wind pump, windmill with Australian tank, water reservoirs for the animals, small individual basin for each family.

So we can see the huge progress made in each of the sectors in order to ensure food safety for the families, with serious and energetic actions from everybody: institutions and inhabitants of the region. We congratulate them and encourage them while highlighting the investment of the promoters in each activity and the EDUPOSAN team (Popular Education of SAN MARTIN).