Anton Janša was the one who presented beekeeping to the rest of the world as the first beekeeping teacher in Vienna during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. On his birthday, on May 20 of last year, we celebrated the World Bee Day at Slovenia's initiative for the first time, thus making the diligence of the Grey bee of Carniola and the uniqueness of Slovenian beekeeping even more notable.
The world has recognized the importance of bees, not only as producers of honey, but also as pollinators, on which depends the production of a third of the world's food. Bees have also an important role in eradicating hunger and poverty. In Ethiopia, a woman with four beehives can feed her entire family, for this reason beekeeping is one of the five main economic activities in Ethiopia. Consequently, Medex decided to launch the project “Developing beekeeping in Bangladesh” together with BRAC, the largest non-governmental organization in the world, and the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, under which operates the Beekeeping Academy of Slovenia. Bangladesh is the second poorest country in the world, with a population of almost 170 million people living on a surface area of approximately seven times the size of Slovenia.
The Beekeeping Academy, operating under the Agricultural Institute, BRAC and Medex committed to improve the beekeeping technology, the knowledge of beekeepers and the quality of bee products.
The pilot project “Developing beekeeping in Bangladesh” started by analyzing the situation in December 2016 and achieved its first milestone with a contract being signed on April 2018. The Beekeeping Academy, operating under the Agricultural Institute, BRAC and Medex committed to improve the beekeeping technology, the knowledge of beekeepers and the quality of bee products. In the first season, they will all focus on optimization and the possibility of maximum utilization of grazing, and on the analysis of the actual conditions during the monsoon season. The objective of the second season will be to transfer knowledge to the local population and thus create job opportunities, whereas in the third year emphasis will be put on improving the quality of honey and of bee products.
The equipment necessary for beekeeping is already in Bangladesh and the Grey bees of Carniola are also on their way there. They are expected by hopeful project partners and residents, who particularly wish for much-needed new food sources, new employment and improved living conditions. We believe that we will write a new beautiful story in the rich history of Slovenian beekeeping.