The unique honey of the honey bees of Tenerife together with the effort of the beekeepers through the hard work to maintain their hives. It is the equation that derives in the quality of an exclusive product that is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). The Cabildo dedicates a monographic day to the sector that includes a technical conference, children’s tasting and the delivery of the awards of the XXVI Regional Honey Contest.
The Casa del Vino de El Sauzal hosts a Saturday day dedicated monographically to honey from Tenerife. Within this framework, the Cabildo awards the prizes for the XXVI Regional Honey Contest. In addition, a children’s tasting and a technical conference for professionals are held. The focus is on an exclusive product with the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) seal. The fruit of uniting the industriousness of the unique bees of the Island and the work of the beekeepers with the hives as the epicenter of a sector included in the livestock herd. It is Tenerife’s honey day
The Island Councilor for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Javier Parrilla, highlights the support and continuous contact with the sector throughout the current mandate, The award ceremony has the presence of Parrilla; the insular director of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cayetano Silva; the president of the DOP Miel de Tenerife, Pablo Pestano and the mayor of El Sauzal, Mariano Pérez.
Parrilla emphasizes “the new island strategy, which I will present at the next plenary session of the Cabildo, framed in a change of model in which we work under the presidency of Pedro Martín.” This system aims to “directly involve the entire primary sector in the design of the measures and actions that affect them.”
The first part of the day has an exhibition character with prominence for product tastings. The afternoon session is reserved for delivery. In this edition, sixty honey samples were presented, forty from Tenerife, thirteen from La Palma, four from Gran Canaria, four from La Gomera and three from El Hierro.
The Great Golden Cell for the Best Honey of Canary Islands 2022 with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) for the beekeeper Pedro Braulio Ledesma González, of the Rika brand, for a honey from Retama del Teide. In the category without Protected Designation of Origin, the Gran Cellilla de Oro is awarded to the producer Jonás Díaz González (La Palma), of the Hoya del Brezal brand, for a honey from Tedera; while the award for best presentation goes to the Tenerife beekeeper Juan Jesús Ramos Fariña, from the Oromiel brand.
The Cedillas de Oro were awarded to Alejandro Delgado Afonso (Tenerife), from the Miel Ucanca brand, for a monofloral pennyroyal; to Antonio Luis Díaz Santos (La Gomera), from the Villa Clara brand, for a monofloral of alpodadora; and José Manuel Cabrera Hernández (Tenerife), from the El Productor brand, for chestnut honey.
Ten producers are also distinguished with Silver Cells. To Isidro Díaz (La Palma) from the Tagoja brand, for a honey from Tedera; Eustaquio García (Tenerife), from El Productor, for a honey from Retama del Teide and another from Tajinaste; Dunia Armas (El Hierro), from Aromas de El Hierro, with monofloral thyme; Antonio López (Gran Canaria), from Montes de Malpedrosillo, with monofloral agave; Bebel Camacho (La Palma) with Oregano monofloral; Juan Manuel Cabrera (Tenerife), for a honeydew honey; Noelia Ascanio (Gran Canaria), from El apiary La Violeta, for a soft multifloral; Osvaldo Yanes (La Palma), La Destiladera, with an intense multifloral; Alejandro Sierra (Tenerife), The Producer, for a Fennel honey; and Guillermo Hernández (La Palma), from the Miel Tagoja brand, with a medium multifloral.
The challenges of the future in the beekeeping sector
The Casa del Vino hosts the 2022 Beekeeping Technical Conferences in which issues such as organic beekeeping, the effect of climate change or the effectiveness of treatments against Varroa were addressed. The future challenges of the sector were discussed in a round table. Varroosis is the disease with worldwide distribution that causes the most damage as it is an external acariosis that affects both brood and adult bees. The damage it produces comes not only from its plundering action but also because it favors the widespread appearance of viral and bacterial infections. The counselor Parrilla values the continuous contact with the sector “which has allowed for the first time to incorporate an insular beekeeping strategy, agreed upon, to guarantee the future and sustainability of this traditional activity”. | JDM