Bananas, papaya, and lemons are now producing fruit on the multitude of trees my asawa has planted on our three-acre property in the Philippines. Our cashew trees also have been sprouting blossoms recently. My spouse has a garden, which produces sweet potato leaves and okra. Watercress grows in our backyard. “Beekeeping: Becoming Self-Sufficient in the Philippines” may be our next step in self-reliance.
Beekeeping: Becoming Self-Sufficient in the Philippines
A recent article in the Panay News caught my attention. Beekeeping is being introduced in the island province we call home, Guimaras.
Ramon Marañon, chairman of the Guimaras Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council, said they are encouraging mango growers to venture into beekeeping to increase pollinators in the province.
Not only mangoes will benefit from bee pollinators but other crops as well, Marañon explained.
Beekeepers in the province use cultured native bees.
More Benefits of Beekeeping
A bee colony costs around P5,000, 100 US Dollars. Some beekeepers recommend having at least two colonies to begin with. A colony can produce another colony after six months. Beekeeping is therefore a low cost start-up venture.
Soap, ointment, lip balm, furniture polish, and candles are some of the myriad of products that can be made from beeswax.
While it might take up to a year to gather any honey from our first colony, it’s a good investment for us. Honey is one of the basic sweeteners we use in our home. However, buying raw processed honey from the States is expensive. We purchase the Sue Bee brand and a small 24-ounce bottle costs almost 12 US Dollars.
Photo Credit: National Geographic Tony from “Live Free or Die”
Selling our honey is another avenue we might pursue. Self-sufficiency is something my spouse and I strive for on a continual basis. While we might never end up living a Spartan lifestyle like those featured on National Geographic’s “Live Free or Die,” it never hurts to move off the grid a smidgen or two.