There is only one Philippines !

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Only one Philippines

PI islands from space with area

 This sample map shows that perhaps half of the Philippines land area has already lost its primary pollinators.  The loss of essential pollinators for agriculture is happening across the Philippines and this ‘silent disaster’ can only be reversed if action is taken now.

South of Dumaguete bee pop1

Think about what the Philippines is losing !

A healthy agricultural environment would have the primary pollinators (Apis dorsata or Putyokan and Apis cerana or Ligwan bees) present right down to the coast, as they once were. There are several factors for the retreat of the pollinators, but the most critical concern is destructive honey hunting of Putyokan and Ligwan honeybees caused primarily by a simple lack of awareness.

The needless destruction of the pollinators can be avoided and reversed if suitable information is promoted so that the honey hunters and everyone else can benefit.  This is why distribution of the ‘awareness leaflets’ into the rural communities is so important.

The Putyokan are under constant destructive honey hunting pressure and are now present only in the highest mountains. The Ligwan are less easy to exterminate but there are now very few colonies left in the lowland agricultural areas. At current rates of destruction it is only a matter of time before the island Putyokan populations collapse, followed by the collapse of the Ligwan populations.

(There is no prospect that beekeeping with non-native bees Apis mellifera will get sufficiently established and they could not replace the essential native pollinators.)

Without ‘awareness raising’ action many crops will be condemned to very low yields and rural communities condemned to needless suffering. This ‘silent disaster’ is already having knock-on consequences that will continue to impact the rest of the Philippine economy and society.

About Julian

Julian Wright is a British agricultural scientist married to a Philippine teacher, who has a house and some land planted to coconuts and other crops near Dumaguete in the Philippines.
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