We’ve heard a lot about the CCD or colony collapse disorder. It was basically highlighted around 2006 in U.S.A. Lots of beekeepers were losing their hives and lots of beekeepers got the sympathy and wanted to help bees and nature. They made too many bee associations or many honeybee shops, and they search all over to buy bees to save the bees, assuming they can do and run the bee operation successfully.
As a commercial beekeeper which I introduced myself, one of the challenges I have with those people is what makes them to be overconfident to start the beekeeping with one, two, five, 10, 15 or 20 hives and want to run organic beekeeping which is pretty difficult as they have no knowledge whatsoever about beekeeping. They should wonder beekeepers with two to four or five generations cannot keep the bees alive. How come they become overconfident and they think they can keep the bees alive.
Those beekeepers have been smart enough and hard working for all their life in a few generation. But now they are challenging with so many other pathogens and difficulties, chemical spray, and other difficulties to run their operation. So, the problem is not what basically they want to keep certain number of hives to enjoy or to help the nature. The problem is that they don’t know what the bee pathogens are, they spread disease and make the disease become more epidemic as they don’t know how to manage the hives.
So, I thought it’s an opportunity to bring all this knowledge of the beekeeping we have and train and teach them how to do beekeeping for their own consumption. I also bring my knowledge to teach them how they can deal with the pathogens, clean production, bee products and the effect of bee products on human health, auto-immune disease or cosmetics or any other aspects of beekeeping they’re looking for.
So, the part of beekeeping I like to highlight for the consumers or for the people who like to keep bees in the backyard or want to produce local honey or who want to help the nature is usually in farm where we have a lot of chemical spray and also a variety of the flowers is not there.
Even though we are so careful to produce honey with no chemical residue and run all the tests, we don’t, for sure, have the opportunity to look at the bees in the area where there are a variety of flower for producing honey, and there is a variety of pollen for honey or nectar source in the mono-cultural area. But in a city area because not much chemicals are sprayed and also there’s a variety of flower, it become a unique condition to have a especial products and honey with much better taste and flavor, and also the local pollen can have a good impact to prevent allergic reactions. And, also because the pollen flow is high, the size of the population would be much stronger than commercial beekeeping’s or industrial beekeeping’s. As a result, the number of winter losses would be pretty low and economically make sense to do commercial beekeeping. Besides that, we’re going to move some bees to the elevation to produce honey for us. So, that’s the plan we’re going forward and I’m going to hire the young generation to learn about the beekeeping.
As we know, the average age of beekeepers in the U.S. is over 70 years old and in Canada is 68 years old. It’s just a new generation that does not just mean to save beekeeping and bee industry basically. Usually, as new generation are not interested in this job and profession, we bring in labor and beekeepers from Mexico, Nicaragua, the Philippines, and other countries basically to run the bee operation.
Right now, in a worldwide population, there are a number of countries that have young beekeepers and work with bees. The first country is Iran that has a young generation that revolve into this business. The second country is Turkey and the third is Ukraine. The rest of the countries don’t have as much young generation as these countries’. In Iran, a large number of beekeepers, over 70%, is young generation that is working on these fields.
As a result, we are trying to educate young generation for future of the countries to help the environment and also to train and teach them to produce quality and local honey, and also by-products of honeybees, and also the purpose of using these by-products in different fields – either industrial or commercial, or also for family usage or for society or whatever purpose they like to use. So we are open to the idea and also we are generously going to help the society to help us.
Join these movements and basically try to create a better future for our nature and humanity.