This practice allows the production of important crops such as cranberry, watermelon, and squash, among others
While the honey production in the state is sustained in a volume of 60 tons per year, the pollination of crops with bees in Sinaloa has been increasing to such a degree that during the last five years this practice grew in a 30 percent.
Jorge Osuna Mendívil, non-governmental representative of the beekeeping system in Sinaloa, explained that the rebound recorded in the demand for beehives to perform the tasks of pollination of crops is due to the incorporation into the state of new crops that necessarily require the activity they perform the bees to pollinate, as is the case with cranberry, squash, and watermelon, among others.
To cite an example he said that the cultivation of blueberries has grown in a very important way in Sinaloa, to such an extent that it is currently estimated that an area close to two thousand hectares is already dedicated to the production of this important crop in the state.
He specified that of the 22,000 hives existing in the state, easily 19 thousand will be allocated in this coming century to this practice in Sinaloa.
He announced that the cost of renting a hive for agriculture currently ranges between 750 and 1000 for a pollination period of 30 to 45 days.
The highest price is for rent in house shades or in the greenhouse, where the bee is traditionally most affected.
He indicated that not everything that the beekeeper receives for the income of their hives should be seen as profits because the beekeeper is forced to allocate about 30% of the profits he receives to the repopulation of the hives because otherwise he would be forced to leave the activity.
Indicated that the honey produced in the state is of first quality and is marketed without major problems.
He explained that he has not grown more in this area because of the unfair competition they face with adulterated honey or syrups that are offered as if they were good quality honey to the population.
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The Mazatlan Post