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“Beekeepers should take it upon themselves to
diversify the floral population around their apiar-
ies and also not to rely only on one plant species as
in the case of the rubber trees in Sangre Grande.
“Diversifying plant life can also aid in sustenance
foraging. The key is to have plants and trees which
bloom and produce nectar as often as possible.
“Beekeepers should have their yards filled with
seedlings from nectar producing trees,” he sug-
Mahabir also urged beekeepers to play a greater
role in sensitisation by constantly raising aware-
ness regarding the important role bees play in
food production and sustaining human life.
He called on the relevant authorities to approve
the use of forested areas for beekeepers to prac-
tise their trade, adding that between 5,000 to
10,000 square feet was the maximum requite to
set up apiaries.
This, Mahabir added, could also act as a deter-
rent to would-be-squatters.
Praedial larceny on the rise
For the year to date, about 100 colonies were
stolen from beekeepers, each carrying an esti-
mated $3,000 to $4,000.
There have been no arrests.
These thefts have been ongoing especially in the
Manzanilla/Sangre Grande area where there is a
large rubber tree reserve.
President of the Beekeepers’ Association of T&T
Marlon Clarke-Cowie said last year “much less”
He attributed this, in part, to desperation as
bees were producing less.
The dry season is considered the main honey
flow during which nectar sources are in full bloom.
But the onset of this year’s dry season has
brought with it heavy showers.
“The rains batter away at the flowers. When this
happens bees cannot feed and in turn cannot pro-
duce honey. The more bees you have, more honey
that can be produced hence the increase in theft,
“ Clarke-Cowie explained.
But he said the association was working closely
with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Praedial
Larceny Squad to pave a better way forward.
He urged, however, “I would advise beekeep-
ers to take their matters to the Praedial Larceny
One colony can produce about four gallons
(15.14 litres) of honey during the dry season which
is sold at $3,500.
Local honey is sold for approximately $175 to
$200 for a 750 ml bottle.
The Mora forests was recommended as an area
where there are available nectar sources during
the rainy season.
With intervention and support, there is poten-
tial for honey production to be a viable industry
Inspector of Apiaries Hayden Sinanan said the
Pesticide and Toxic Chemical Act needed to be
re-examined which currently allowed pesticides
on the local market without proper evaluations.
“Based on information we gathered by talking to
farmers and garden shop owners there is a lot of
sale of Regent. There is the overuse of pesticides,”
Regent is a trademark for a broad spectrum sys-
temic insecticide containing the active ingredient
fipronil. Fipronil is an insecticide that belongs to
the phenylpyrazole chemical family which dis-
rupts the insect’s central nervous system.
This, Sinanan said, was proven to harm bees.
“We have a lot of farmers who plant short-term
crops using fipronil. Under the Pesticide and Toxic
Chemical Act it specifically states that these pesti-
cides should not be regulated for use if it is shown
to be toxic to bees,” he said.
He agreed that better enforcement of laws was
needed as well as specific testing facilities.
“When bees are poisoned it matches to the
crops in the area,” he said.
Regarding lands for foraging, Sinanan said ef-
forts were being made to obtain State lands pri-
marily for this purpose.
“If we can get this we would certainly be able to
increase honey production.”
Le Blanc tops Scotiabank’s
Vision Achiever award
Guyanese-born Dr Asante
Le Blanc has topped Sco-
tiabank’s Vision Achiever
programme, waking away
with bragging rights and a monetary
prize of $25,000. A medical herbal-
ist and founder of the Victoria Clinic
Ltd, Le Blanc’s focus is to provide
healthcare of a holistic nature.
The 42-year-old graduate of the Su-
perior Institute of Medical Sciences,
Havana, Cuba, spoke to Business and
Money in a telephone interview about
striking a balance among her roles as
entrepreneur, mother and wife.
A medical herbalist, as defined
by the National Institute of Medical
Herbalists, is trained in the same
diagnostic skills as mainstream doc-
tors and take a holistic approach
to health. In other words, medical
herbalists combine the use of botan-
ical medicine, science, nutrition and
supplements to restore health.
In explaining what she does, Le
Blanc said, in addition to being a
medical herbalist she combines the
technique of acupuncture and cup-
ping at her Woodbrook-based com-
“I combine modern Western med-
icine with the traditional Eastern
medicine techniques used by the
Chinese. For example, I use acu-
puncture to help my patients really
achieve their optimum health.
“Along with that (the Chinese tech-
nique) I also offer a bone density
treatment programme and screening
programme for osteoporosis treat-
ment and management.”
Since starting her business in 2009,
the mother of five said her database
has expanded to 4,000 and does not
only cater for a niche market, but the
While there have been controversy
and raging debate over herbal med-
icine versus conventional medicine,
Le Blanc said her technique is not
about eliminating the conventional
medicine rather it asks the following
Do you really need the tablet?
Can we make the patient who re-
ally and truly is the protagonist in
their healthcare, enable them and
empower them to be healthy?
How can my clinic do this without
When asked what happens in sit-
uations when her clinic cannot help
a patient, Le Blanc said having open
and frank conversation would be the
Le Blanc said she first learnt of
Scotiabank’s Vision Achiever pro-
gramme while browsing through the
“The application process alone
was a challenge. They took you out-
side of your comfort zone by asking
for a video. This I accomplished with
help from my family.”
The programme’s content, she
added, was an eye opener as all
18 participants had different busi-
nesses, but we all were looking for
some type of guidance in terms of
improving our business.
Le Blanc said she learnt many
things from the programme included
preparing proper accounts, under-
standing cash flow, net profit and
other financials which collectively
increased her confidence to put to-
gether proposals to go to the bank.
Now that she is a successful entre-
preneur, Le Blanc’s advice to up and
coming entrepreneurs is to: contin-
uously examine your business, see
how you can improve and giving up
is not an option.
Of her roles as mother and busi-
nesswoman, Le Blanc said family de-
fines her the most. “If my family is
not strong and together then, I can’t
do what I have to do in the work-
place. My family is my rock and they
ASANTE LE BLANC
Dania Holder De Souza,
Hayden Sinanan, Inspector
of Apiaries, and Suresh R
PICTURE DION ROACH
From Page 6
In 2013, the European Commission restricted
the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths
by researchers as there was great concern
across Europe about the collapse of bee
Neonicotinoid chemicals in pesticides are
believed to harm bees and the commission
cited that they should be restricted to crops
not attractive to bees and other pollinators.
However, there are new proposals for a
complete ban on their use in fields.
The commission cited bees and other
pollinators as vital for many food crops but
these have been declining for decades.
It said insecticides, called neonicotinoids,
have been in use for over 20 years and have
been linked to serious harm in bees.
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