IFOAM-IRAN in cooperation with IFOAM Apiculture Forum hosted the workshop on “Organic Apiculture” in order to
develop and promote production and marketing of organic honey products and beekeeping in Tehran-Iran, 4-5 July 2017.

Organic production is attracting significant attention in Iran, and positive measures have been taken. To catch up with the global pace of organic production, filling existing information gaps are crucial. Deputy of Agriculture Minister for Livestock Production Dr. Hassan Rokni made these remarks while delivering a speech at the opening ceremony on the organic apiculture workshop, and called for acceleration of acquiring modern sciences and techniques in this field. He mentioned that two percent of the country’s honey production, equal to 1500 to 1600 tons, is exported.

125 participants from different disciplines such as beekeepers (individual or in cooperatives), post graduate students, faculty members, scientists from different research institutes, traders, stakeholders, private and governmental authorities attended the workshop.

As resource persons, Ulrich Broker from IFOAM Apiculture Forum, Germany participated, together with Dr. Gholamhosein Tahmasbi, an Iranian scientist and scientific member of the Iran’s Ministry of Agriculture, and expert in the biology and ethology of honey bees.

The presented topics were: - Economical, ecological and social implications of apiculture - Legal norms and guidelines / official and private standards - Perspectives of organic apicultural production - Conversion problems, risk assessment and evaluation - Specific apiary operations - Quality management and assurance in organic apiculture - Inspection and certification processes - Labeling/ packaging and marketing - Endemic Iranian bees and their potentials for honey production

The workshop was supported by the Iran Organic Association, and the Central Organization of Rural Cooperatives.


Read more:  http://www.ifoam.bio/en/regional-bodies/ifoam-iran

Reported by: Dr. M. Reza Ardakani (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Board member of ISOFAR Director, IFOAM-IRAN

 

Apiculture Workshop