UPLB scientist to assist Yamang Bukid Farm’s bee-keeping project


A top bee scientist in the Philippines will help the Yamang Bukid farm in setting up yet another unique feature that will make the newly accredited agro-tourism destination in Barangay Bacungan, Puerto Princesa City abuzz.

Known as the “queen of honeybee farming” in the country, Dr. Cleofas R. Cervancia who holds a Ph.D. degree at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB), will lead a team of experts this week in teaching the Yamang Bukid farmers the science and the “art” of apiculture or honeybee farming.

Dr. Cervancia will be assisted by beekeeping experts Jessica Baroga Barbecho, and Anna Maria de la Encarnacion Locsin who are both from UPLB.

They will bring bee colonies of the stingless species to the Yamang Bukid farm to start its apiculture project.

Yamang Bukid’s phenomenal rise as a major tourist destination in Palawan — for its idyllic surroundings and various organically-grown herbs, vegetables, fruit-bearing trees, and flowering plants — has gained another boost after the Department of Tourism (DoT) issued a certificate of accreditation officially naming it as among the agro-tourism destinations in the Philippines.

But more than just a tourist attraction, the farm is also home to around 160 empowered farming employees who dedicate their time, talent, skills, and toil to make Yamang Bukid a happy, healthy habitat for people and an array of endemic species of plants, insects, and animals.

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