The International Forum “Beekeeping in Tiger Land” was held in Primorye
The strategy of beekeeping development in Primorye was discussed at the International Forum that took place near Ussuriisk city. The meeting was held as part of WWF small grant projects “Amur Coalition for Nature Protection”. It was attended by about 70 participants out of the experts on non-timber forest products, specialists on honey and medicinal herbs from Russia, Catalonia, Costa Rica and Kazakhstan. Honey producers from Ussuriisky, Chuguevsky, Anuchinsky, Spassky, Khankaisky, Kirovsky, Pozharsky, Khasansky districts of Primorye have arrived to discuss the common issues and future plans. Among the participants were the experts on honey quality standards development from Perm; representatives of the Human Capital Development Agency in the Russian Far East, Pacific Tourism Union, Far Eastern Federal University, the Far Eastern Forestry Institute.
Among the main tasks of the Forum were to increase the export potential of Primorsky honey by using modern research technologies; the creation of the largest laboratory of international level in Primorye – the first in Asian part of Russia – on evaluation of beekeeping product quality, its promotion on internal and foreign markets with the brand – Primorsky honey from unique forests within the Amur tiger home range; making connections with the entrepreneurs of small and medium business from Russia and abroad; as well as using the opportunities of the Far Eastern hectare program.