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Ciego de Ávila, Cuba Guarantees the Production of 5 000 Queen Bees in Genetic Center
The facility, specialized in that specimen, distinguishes all over the country for meeting all technical requirements and attaining excellent bumblebees, which translates into apiaries bearing more vitality and productivity.

Only four workers are in charge of running the facility, whose production will allow the territory to manage some 8 000 bee colonies by the end of this year, almost 2 000 more than what there is at present.

"The growth will facilitate to gather some 400 tons of honey in 2008, which element is critical for the elaboration of food, medicines and cosmetics", as expressed by Vladimir Echemendía director of Beekeeping in the province.

He pointed out that the endeavour of the small group mainly consisted on the improvement of fecundation nuclei. This helped the substitution with young queens of two thirds of all the apiaries in the territory.

Created at the beginning of the '80s, on the outskirts of Ciego de Ávila city, this scientific center was the first of its type in Cuba and served as a model to build similar facilities in the rest of the provinces.

A similar facility is expected to start operating in Chambas municipality. This would be a considerable step in the development of beekeeping in the province.


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