Adel and Qair stimulate beeproduction in Rio Grande do Norte

Antonio Felix, 70, partner of the Beekeeping Association of Canafístula, Alto do Rodrigues (RN)

Honey producers of Canafístula, community located in the municipality of Alto do Rodrigues, in Rio Grande do Norte, that integrates the area of direct influence of the Afonso Bezerra Wind Complex from Qair, receive support for strengthening and expanding beekeeping activity.

Producers are organised in the Canafístula Community Association, entity created with the aim of mobilising the community organization and assisting producers and residents in accessing new technologies and social actions in various areas.

Through the actions of the Adel's New Business Board, in partnership with Qair, the members of the Beekeeping Association of Canafístula have access to knowledge and equipment essential to develop the bee keeping activity.

This year, the Beekeeping Association of Canafístula received from Qair 10 kits that add up 80 complete bee hives; ten sets of personal protective equipment (Ppe), composed of bee jumpsuits, white rubber boots and white rubber gloves; two fumigators; two chisels; e, sixty pounds of alveolate beeswax.

According to the partner of the Association, Antonio Felix, 70, the equipment will allow beekeepers to increase their income so through the production and marketing of honey and other bee by-products. "We are pleased. Receiving the equipment is a great incentive for us beekeepers, because it will assist in our production. Our goal is to strengthen the activity and especially, encourage young people to continue", emphasizes.

Located in a region with strong potential in relation to bee pasture, the Association has 10 beneficiaries included in Qair's investment plan in the community, whose objective is to develop the bee keeping activity by observing environmental aspects and economic and social sustainability.

According to Silvia Oliveira, Qair Socio-Environmental Coordinator, promoting income generation and the development of communities, is to enable the insertion of young people, adults and women in local productive arrangements. "This is one of Qair's values that make a difference in all the projects we develop", says.

In Rio Grande do Norte, bee honey production is one of the most representative activities of family farming, which puts the state as sixth largest producer in the Northeast, according to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

It is noteworthy that the activity is not only economically viable, contributes to environmental preservation and raise community awareness of the collective work. Products from the activity also ensure that rural families improve the food security through products of high nutritional value.

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