Prince Edward Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia Canada, is the destination of Shem Wilson and Jerome Henry, the two TFPC-CaFAN members who departed Antigua on Saturday 20th May 2017.
The pair will be participating in the ‘Heatherdale Honey Bee Canadian Program,’ which is a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience in apiculture.
The joint venture between The Heatherdale Honey Bee Canadian Program, TFPC- CaFAN and the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs, aims to teach participants, skills in beekeeping especially in colony inspections, seasonal hive management, extracting and processing honey and disease and pest control.
This initiative, the brain child of Pamella Thomas- President of the local CaFAN Organization – TFPC was made possible through the commitment of the Hon Arthur Nibbs, Minister of Agriculture Lands,Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs who understands the importance of bees to local agriculture.
In total, 6 locals will be traveling to Prince Edward Island this year to be a part of the training. Following the first two who left on the 20th of May for two weeks, another two – Agriculture Technicians will follow on June 3rd for another 2 weeks and in mid August, one CaFAN senior Member and One Ministry Senior Personnel will go to Canada to complete the rotation.
Talks about broadening the relationship between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education and Heatherdale Honey Bee Program ‘s President – Roger Oneil are currently ongoing and it is anticipated that in the near future, a Bee institute will be established in Antigua and Barbuda to bolster the local beekeeping community.