Strengthening the Honey Production Chain

Honey producers seek to conserve the Caatinga and create a honey route in the territory.

Since 2015, we support the creators (the) bees of the Nectar of the Sertão network, initiative that seeks conserve the Caatinga and strengthen local production. The Nectar do Sertão Network brings together farmers from the municipalities of Apuiarés, Pentecost and Tejuçuoca in Ceará. These breeders(the) of bees see the threat of extinction of the species and the great potential of the insect and the.

Meliponiculturers usually preserve and restore local ecosystems so that Brazilian native bees can reproduce in a healthy habitat. An example of a natural and endemic species, IE, exclusive of the Caatinga biome, is the Jandaíra (Subnined melipona). It pollinates about 30% a 60% caatinga plants, also from the Pantanal and part of the Atlantic Forest. In the Caatinga there are about 30 endemic bee species. They have a unique habitat and different characteristics from the others. They have the atrophied stinger, are smaller and darker, ranging from brown and black tones.

Practical activity with meliponicultores of the Nectar Network in the lagoa das Pedras community, in Apuiarés (THIS).

Through pollination, The small insect helps to maintain the flora of the biome, since it pollinates only native plant species. Its honey is considered more nutritious than the common and has medicinal applications. Despite all the importance, the species Jandaíra is threatened. It is estimated that approximately one third of it is endangered.

The (the) producers (the) of the Lagoa das Pedras community, the municipality of Apuiarés (THIS), are responsible for an environmental reserve of about 100m², where were planted several species native to Caatinga, such as aroeira, angico and pau d & #8217; arc, also known as ipê. The species were strategically designed by affinity they have with the native bee, jandaíra. Thanks to the network created, meliponicultores maintains the space in a sustainable and collaborative way.

According to our Director of Programs, Aurigele Alves, for the creation of the Nectar do Sertão Network it was necessary to organize and engage by the producers. "We support the protagonism and entrepreneurship of producers from rural communities in the Northeast and we promote sustainability through cultural valorization. With honey producers, we operate through the expansion of capacities, access to credit and cooperation between local actors", highlights.

Our activities with the Nectar do Sertão Network include, research, study and meetings to strengthen the bonds between participants. In the last month, together with the Nectar Network and the Ceará Association of Meliponicultores (ACMEL) A exchange of knowledge between the members of the Network. Adel members participated in the meeting, representatives of the Ceará Association of Meliponicultores (ACMEL), of the Municipal Departments of Agriculture of Pentecost and Apuiarés, community leaders and farmers from more than ten communities in the region.

Meliponary Model of the Nectar Network, Lagoa das Pedras community, in Apuiarés (THIS).

The Exchange of the Nectar Network of the Sertão took place in the Meliponário Model of the Nectar Network, in the Lagoa das Pedras community, in Apuiarés. It served to articulate the group's social and institutional participation in a Local Productive Arrangement for strengthen the Honey Chain in the Curu Valley region (THIS) and think about structuring the honey route in the territory. The legislative and executive branch of Ceará published and sanctioned this year the Law No. 17.896 OF 11/01/2022, which provides for the creation of, management, trade and transport of stingless bees in the State of Ceará, a great achievement for this production chain that until then had no legal prerogatives that initiated support to meliponicultores.

However, for producers to market their production, it takes more. Today, 20 may, In World Bee Day, To 19h, we will hold together with ACMEL on our YouTube channel a debate with honey producers to discuss the issuance of the State Decree to regulate the approved law and the publication of the Technical Regulation of Identity and Quality (RTIQ). Only with the articulation of producers and this decree the honey bee-without-stinger in the state of Ceará, will have the definition of labelling aspects, quality and health safety, certification by animal feed inspection seals (SIF, SIE and SIM) of the medes, and so, opening markets for its commercialization. Go to live below.


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