Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center (CRAC)


By admin - Posted on 20 November 2013

     A Memorandum of Agreement between Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) and Benguet State University (BSU) on September 2015, 2013 established the Cordillera Regional Apiculture Center as a regional center of the National Apiculture Research Training and Development Institute (NARTDI) here in the Cordillera Region.
 
Vision: A premier regional apiculture center established for human, material and natural resources development for a competitive apiculture industry.
 
Mission: To educate and train would-be beekeepers, apiculturists, andother stakeholders, conduct researches, and extend technologies towards the development of apiculture in the region in collaboration with the concerned government agencies/institutions, non-government organizations/private sector and other apiculture/beekeeping stakeholders
 
Goal: To establish apiculture/beekeeping as a sustainable households' complimentary source of income that is integrated into the farming systems in the region. 
 
Objectives
     1. Enhance the capabilities of human resources of collaborating agencies/institutions for the effective
         implementation of the beekeeping development in the region;
     2. Undertake researches and technology innovations to address specific concerns of beekeeping
         in the region;
     3. Initiate establishment of Provincia Apiculture Satellite Centers in the provinces of Abra, Apayao,
         Ifugao, Mt. Province and Kalinga based at concerned State Universities/Colleges in ea c h  province;
     4. Establish queen rearing and production projects in strategic locations of the region;  
     5.Strengthen the honey processing, packaging, marketing centers, production volume, product
        diversification and development of business models, in strategic locations of the region;
     6. Coordinate service assistance (eg. technical, financial, trainings/conventions, and other) extended
         to be beekeepers and stakeholders; and
     7. Conduct periodic monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of beekeeping development
         programs in the region.
 
Divisions and their functions:
    a. Apiculture Research and Technology Innovation Division
       - Conducts researches on apiculture and other related studies
       - Conducts bee breeding programs
       - Designs, develops and tests low-cost tools and machineris needed in beekeeping
 
     b. Apiary Management and Colony Production Division
       - Establish of demonstration apiary
       - Establish provincial satellite centers
       - Produce of colonies for research needs of the center
       - Produce of queens and colonies for dispersal
       - Maintain breeder queens for queen rearing purposes
 
     c. Bee Product Processing and Diversification Division
       - Develop and expand bee products
       - Develop and expand bee products processing and utilization
       - Design and develop low-cost and efficient harvesting and prcessing tools, machineries and facilities
  
     d. Training and Extension Division 
       - Conduct/coordinate training and extension program
       - Conduct conferences, symposia and seminars in beekeeping
       - Develop and publish IEC materials on beekeeping
       - Pilot and showcase appropriate technologies in beekeeping
       - Provide expert services to beekeepers/visitors and other clients