Dwindling crop yields

The aim is to improve the ‘pollination environment’ for the millions of farmers who are now suffering from poor crop yields, so that future yields can be much better. At the same time the aim is to increase the quantity of honey that can be harvested.

Improvements can be achieved in local areas by farmers and honey gatherers individually or working together within the local community.  Importantly, everyone in the community can benefit by the improved understanding of the key role that bees perform in the environment. More widespread and national improvements could be achieved by constructive actions from multiple sources including rural communities, schools, universities, the media, supermarkets and government departments.

Some islands and regions in the Philippines appear to be more affected than others by poor pollination. Sadly, some areas are at a more advanced stage of pollinator loss where the native honeybees have been destroyed by “honey-hunting” and other activities. (There are also some areas in the country that have good bee populations.)

The ongoing unmanaged and needless destruction of bees by “honey-hunting” and other activities is becoming a ‘silent disaster’ for many regions in the Philippines.  The removal of these essential pollinators is causing increasing damage to an important agricultural sector and to the rural environment.  The longer this fundamental connection is unrecognised or ignored – the greater will be the damage caused to crop yields, rural incomes and the environment.

This situation exists largely through a lack of awareness of the role of bees and other pollinators. There is a widespread misunderstanding and mistaken fear of bees which are often confused with wasps or hornets. Improvements in crop yields and other benefits can result from successful and sufficient education of the crucial ‘pollination’ topic.  The current ‘pollination crisis’ in the Philippines has been created by humans, and now we urgently need to manage and encourage bees to increase their populations, so that everybody may benefit.

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9 Responses to Dwindling crop yields

  1. Ruhi says:

    Fantastic web site Julian – very informative and well presented. Good luck with the ongoing project!

  2. Edouard says:

    Nice, clean site and a good cause.
    Is this site available in Tagalog? Otherwise a
    translation would be useful.

    Ed

  3. Nick Brown says:

    An informative and well researched website on the Bee industry in the Philippines. Definitely a wake up call to the Philippine Government to initiate remedial action before its too late..

  4. Adrian Paul says:

    This is really good – and important- work. Informative and definitely awareness-raising. Well done. Adrian

  5. Count on my support to make use of your available technologies under the coconut-based farming systems scheme.

  6. chenee says:

    This is a very helpful site and a wake up call that theres a big benefit for anyone about honeybees… It’s interesting to know and understand this awesome project.

  7. Wilma R. Cuaterno says:

    Dear Sir Julian,
    Thanks to Director of BAI who endorsed your website to BPI. Yes, it’s a very helpful one. Actually, here at BPI especially the IPM group knows the importance of pollinators in farming together with other ecological function groups like predator, pathogens and parasitoids. Rest assured that we will be one of your regular website visitors. Information like yours must be disseminated for sustainable agriculture.

    • Julian says:

      Thank you for the positive responses from the Bureau of Animal Industry and the Bureau of Plant Industry.
      I hope that the information on the website can contribute to some improvement in the prospects for the agricultural rural communities.

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