Mayor Renán Barrera Concha strengthens the work of beekeepers in the municipality’s police stations, providing honey producers with the necessary tools to improve their activities, strengthen their production and the local economy for the benefit of their families and the community.
In the framework of World Bee Day, the Municipal President announced the creation of the “Honey Festival” program, which will be held once a month with the purpose of giving greater promotion to the products of the beekeepers of the municipality’s precincts.
“We must make our honey producers more and more visible, and just as there is Mérida en Domingo, why not have the Honey Festival in downtown Mérida one day a month, so that we can invite all the honey producers of the precincts and that in the Plaza Grande and the neighborhoods of the Historic Center we can exhibit all the wonders and the effort that represents what you do,” he said.
During the visit to the Yaxnic precinct, Barrera Concha, through the Productive Projects Credit Program of the Directorate of Social Development, delivered support focused on strengthening beehives and honey production to 130 beekeepers from 21 precincts in Merida, representing an investment of close to 100,000 pesos.
At the event, which took place at the Yaxnic ejidal commissary, Barrera Concha was accompanied by federal deputy Rommel Pacheco Marrufo; local deputies Karem Achach Ramírez and Dafne López Osorio; councilman Ricardo Ascencio Maldonado, president of the district Commission; María José Cáceres Delgado, director of Social Development; María Asunción Rodríguez Pech, distric of Yaxnic; the melipona honey producers, Anselma Pech Tzab and Dariana Ximena Cen Vallejo from Dzoyaxché and the apis honey producer, Laureano de Jesús Yam Chin from the Yaxnic district.
Before the beneficiaries of this program, the Municipal President emphasized that the work of the beekeepers of Merida and the State are essential to continue taking care of the ecosystems, since pollination is a fundamental process carried out by bees, helping to expand the vegetation of the planet.
He also ratified his commitment to continue working shoulder to shoulder with the beekeepers of the Municipality, with programs such as Círculo 47, to consolidate and create distribution and marketing routes for honey, in addition to promoting fair trade by linking them directly with buyers.
He pointed out that the rural area of Merida is a priority for the economy of the Municipality, for this reason, from the City Hall we offer programs and activities that add to the development of sustainable food systems, increase production and enroll them in a fair price market.
“The program has been a resounding success, today more than half of the producers are selling their products directly,” he said.
He recalled that through the Productive Projects Credit Program, the City Council has delivered tools such as extraction equipment, protective equipment, medicines, technical advice and honey plants to improve their activity.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Anselma Pech Tzab thanked the Mayor for the support they receive through the different programs promoted by the City Hall, to continue strengthening their activity and the fair marketing of their products.
“Now with the impulse and support that the Mayor gives us, we have opportunities to place our products and make ourselves known as beekeepers and meliponiculturists, because it is very difficult for us to sell our honey when we harvest it,” she said.
He indicated that these programs allow honey producers to move forward, to have more confidence to sell their crops and offer quality products directly to buyers.
“With these spaces that we have been given in Merida to sell our products we are making ourselves known and the quality of the honey we are harvesting; we have to go hand in hand with the government to move forward because together we can continue to do more,” he emphasized.
During the presentation of support, the Municipal President recalled that the municipality offers support of 50,000 and 30,000 pesos through the Productive Projects Credit Program for agricultural and livestock businesses and productive cooperatives in the districts. To date, 32 loans have been approved in this administration.
In the case of the Círculo 47 program, he mentioned that 366 farms participate, with an estimated 1,000 farm workers, in which 241 producers have been directly trained and 45,000 people have approached the City Hall’s internal dissemination platforms, both the geoportal and “Caja de Campo”.
Upon his arrival at the Yaxnic commissary, the Mayor previously visited the home of Mrs. Leobarda Chan Cimá, a bee producer and beneficiary of the “Support for Productive Projects” program.
There, he spoke with the beneficiary, who, together with her daughters and sons, explained to Barrera Concha the process they use to extract honey, an activity that allows them to earn income and provide for their families.
She also explained that thanks to the support she receives from the City Council, her production, based on 30 boxes of meliponas, is of higher quality; she has also participated in the technology transfer training and exchange of successful experiences held in June 2022. In addition to the above, the beneficiary mentioned that her family is also dedicated to agricultural work in the breeding and production of meliponas, and that she has participated in the training on technology transfer and exchange of successful experiences held in June 2022.
In addition to the above, the beneficiary mentioned that her family is also dedicated to agricultural work, raising cattle, goats and pigs.
The event was attended by the commissioners of Dzoyaxché, Dzununcán, Kikteil, Komchém, Molas, Tzacalá, San Ignacio Tesip, Santa María Chí, Santa María Yaxché, Sierra Papacal, Sitpach and Yaxté Casares; and Raúl Díaz Plaza, head of the experimental field of the National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock Research (INIFAP) in Yucatán and Hugo Delfín González, director of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the UADY.