The following 5 actions will help not only these two groups, but can have cascading positive effects for rural communities …
1) Agricultural and public awareness of [p2p type=”slug” value=”crop-yields-and-pollination”]pollination[/p2p] is essential – education needs to communicate at the very simplest the following sequence of ideas …
a) Plants have ‘sex’ to produce baby plants – seeds and fruits.
b) Bees help the plants have sex.
c) Without bees there will be less food and less money.
2) The worst aspects of [p2p type=”slug” value=”honey-hunting”]honey hunting[/p2p] need to be urgently halted using various strategies, so that the native honeybees are allowed to gradually repopulate the agricultural areas from their remaining reservoirs in the mountains.
For example – if honey hunters were ‘informed’ or ‘advised’ or ‘instructed’ by the Department of Agriculture to leave part of the wild honeybee comb intact, this in itself could lead to significant improvements in farmers crop yields and also long-term improvements in the amount of honey the honey hunters can harvest !
3) Widespread [p2p type=”slug” value=”honey-fraud-in-supermarkets”]fraud[/p2p] in the Philippine honey marketplace needs to be tackled.
4) A growing and vibrant beekeeping industry needs to be encouraged, that also enables viable low cost start-ups that can utilise the key native bees of Apis cerana and Trigona.
5) The above actions would provide better future yields, agricultural incomes and food security, plus other positive social and environmental effects. This constructive activity needs to come from multiple sources including the media, schools, universities, rural communities, supermarkets and Government authorities.