January 5th 2017.
Within final activities of the "BEE Promoted" project, official conference was held on 19th December 2016 in Bihać. During the conference, project results were presented as well as further steps in order to improve honey production and possibilities of a better placement of honey products on the market. A special part of the conference was dedicated to the presentation of the results of the Study of environmental and biological conditions for optimal breeding areas which was created within the project aiming to improve the institutional support to beekeeping enterprises in raising the quality and volume of production and placement of honey and other honey bee products on the market.
The mayor of Bihac, Šuhret Fazlić, during his speech, said that the city administration had recognized beekeeping as an industry that could fairly quickly change the "unemployment image" and that they will continue to support this type of agricultural production in accordance with the city budget capacity.
The two-year project, financed from the Instrument of pre-accession assistance funds under the Cross-border Programme Bosnia and Herzegovina - Croatia 2007-2013, had a total value of around 650.000 euros. The project enhanced promotion of the honey bee products on the market through networking of beekeepers in the area of Una-Sana Canton, Posušje and Zadar, and created the basis for cooperation, exchange of knowledge and joint actions to improve this branch of agriculture. The project also enabled establishment of a valuable infrastructure for the provision of new services, including two Laboratories for quality control of honey in Bihać and Zadar as well as the Centre for selective breeding and reproduction of honeybee queen in Bihac and breeding stations in Zadar and Posušje.
December 15th 2016.
The Final conference of the project ECO FOOD TURA was held on December 5, 2016 in the premises of Agricultural business incubator in Drenovci, Croatia. The project was financed by the European Union from IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-BiH 2007-2013. The total project value is 397.645,94 EUR, of which almost 331.000 EUR was a grant award.
The project objectives, implemented activities as well as results achieved through the project implementation were presented at the Conference. A short educational promotional video was also presented and can be viewed on this link.
13th December 2016
The first Beekeeping Fair in Zadar County was opened on 17th September 2016. The two-day event, intended for both beekeepers and consumers, represents the "sweet crown" of a big project. The project "Bee promoted" of the total amount of 650 thousand euros is financed by the EU under the IPA CBC Programme Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina 2007 - 2013, and is being implemented, beside the Zadar County, in cooperation with Una-Sana Canton and Municipality of Posušje in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Admirers of honey and honey products were able to find a variety of flavours on twenty exhibition stands located on the Zadar waterfront. Within a wide range of products other than honey jars with different flavours - meadow, floral, acacia, linden and similar, one could also find almonds or walnuts in honey, mead, various honey biscuits and cookies, as well as equipment for beekeepers - from hives to tools and suits required for this old craft. Apart from beekeeping beginners who had just penetrated the market, the experienced and award-winning beekeepers from the County were also present at the fair.
Mr. Zdravko Barać, Deputy Minister of Agriculture in his opening speech emphasized that the fair will become a tradition and a gathering place not only for beekeepers from this county, but from the wider region.