Apiculture

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Apiculture is an important activity in the protection of the environment and agroforestry production thanks to the action of pollination by bees. Organic apiculture is a production system that does not authorise the use of synthetic chemicals.

Conditions

The use of synthetic chemicals such as acaricides, are not authorised to treat parasites such as the Varroajacobsoni,. Antibiotics used as a preventative means against disease are not authorised. The welfare of bees is based on the prevention of diseases by selecting breeds adapted to the area, good handling practices and an adequate diet, and leaving enough honey and pollen reserves in the hives for bees to survive on throughout the winter. The wax must be replaced with wax from the holding itself or with wax from other organic holdings.

The hives must be placed in areas of wild flora, organic crops and access to water in places where there is no risk of contamination.

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Converting to organic apiculture

The transition period, during which organic productionmethods are introduced in the production unit, is known as the conversion period. This period appliesto apiculture products. The conversion period begins following the request for the production unit to be included in the COPAE registers; from this moment on, the organic production legislation must be followed and the holding is subject to controls. During the conversion period the wax must be replaced with organic production wax. The apiculture products can only be sold as organic products once the organic production legislation has been fulfilled for at least one year. For further information on organic apiculture production legislation, download the Organic Apiculture Guide.This guide will provide you with answers to what organic apiculture is, its advantages, how it is regulated, what conditions and steps are required to certify a production as organic and how to apply

 

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