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Balparmak Is Training the Beekeepers of Tomorrow – December 2018
Created to foster the sustainability of the beekeeping profession, the Balparmak Beekeeping Academy has begun its training sessions. Hands-on field training will begin at a model apiary in April following the winter semester classroom sessions at the Academy’s Muğla-Ula center.
The Balparmak Beekeeping Academy began its training sessions at the Muğla-Ula campus on December 3th. Balparmak founded the academy for the purpose of recruiting women and youth to the industry in order to promote the sustainability of the beekeeping profession, and with the intent to support increased production of honey and value-added bee products, such as royal jelly, pollen, and propolis. Faculty member Dr. Ali Ihsan Öztürk and other experts in the field from Ula Vocational School’s Apiculture Department at Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, are teaching the courses, which will continue until April. So far, 40 beekeeper candidates have participated in the Beekeeping Academy’s winter semester classroom sessions, which each last three weeks. Balparmak launched the academy with support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Hands-on classroom training sessions offered in the classroom and at the model apiary will be held in three-week semesters from April until November 2019. During the same period, the Balparmak mobile education vehicle will make visits to villages and give workshops demonstrating the production of honey and value-added bee products first-hand, while also updating beekeepers on new information. Basic beekeeping information will be available at all times through distance learning sessions offered on the Balparmak Beekeeping Academy website.
Everyone who participates in, and successfully completes, the distance education courses or the mobile training sessions will receive a Bal-Der (Platform for Healthy Living Through Bee Products Platform) certificate of participation. Balparmak will support candidates who have successfully completed the hands-on classroom trainings and the distance education course as they take their first steps into apiculture, rewarding them with two hives stocked with bees.
Balparmak has been pioneering the development of Turkey’s honey industry since it was founded in 1980, and has remained the industry leader for many years. With over 300 employees, the company delivers healthy, natural and delicious honey to consumers under the brand names Balparmak, Balkovan, Apitera, and HoneyMix. Balparmak differentiates itself through the standard of quality it brings to consumers, and leads the industry in this respect. Balparmak operates according to international food safety standards, and holds certificates for the ISO FSSC 22000 Food Safety Systems and the BRC (British retail Consortium) Global Food Standard. Balparmak ranks fourth overall in Turkey’s food sector, and first in the country’s Honey and Bee Products sector, as the only company of its kind to have a Research & Development Center. Using our Research and Quality Control Laboratory for Honey and Other Bee Products, Balparmak analyzes the products it offers to consumers at least 92 parameters.
Balparmak signed a collaboration agreement with IFFCO, most important players in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, all over the Middle East. This collaboration will make Balparmak flower and pine varieties of honey, as well as innovative products such as Apitera and HoneyMix, available for sale, first in Dubai and then expending into all other neighbouring countries in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region.
The collaboration agreement signed with IFFCO, which is one of the most important players in United Arab Emirates’ fast-moving consumer goods industry, will enable Balparmak, Turkey’s leading honey brand, to be introduced in the Middle East. Flower Honey from Anatolia, which is home to thousands of endemic plant species and Pine Forest Honey, of which Turkey harvests more than 90% of the world’s reserves, along with innovative products such as Apitera and HoneyMix, will initially be available in August and onwards to consumers in Dubai at supermarket chains, Carrefour and Union Cooperative Society.
Speaking about the collaboration, Balparmak’s Chairman, Özen Altıparmak, puts into words, ”Our most important goal is to increase the recognition of Turkish honey all over the world. We also strive to mutually contribute in quality and taste to our overseas customers by distributing our products abroad with the support we get from Turquality. Our collaboration with IFFCO is crucial in this endeavor. We will collectively be introducing Turkish honey to national supermarkets and to general traditional stores, as well as to food service. As the owner of the most sophisticated and unique honey-specific laboratory in Turkey, and one of four in Europe, we will also be progressing to a very promising and confident future making Balparmak a global brand.”
Balparmak has been pioneering the development of Turkey’s honey industry since it was founded in 1980, and has remained the industry leader for many years. With over 300 employees, the company delivers healthy, natural and delicious honey to consumers under brand names, Balparmak, Balkovan (HoneyHive), and honey derived products, Apitera and Honey Mix. Balparmak differentiates itself through the standard of quality it brings to consumers and leads the industry in this respect. Balparmak operates according to international food safety standards, certified by ISO FSSC 22000 Food Safety Systems and the BRC (British retail Consortium) Global Food Standard.
Balparmak, as the only company of its kind to have a Research & Development Center, which ranks eight overall in Turkey’s food sector and first in the country’s Apicultural Industry. Our Balparmak Honey and Bee Products Research and Quality Control Laboratory (APILAB), within our R&D Center, analyzes the products we offer to consumers at least 92 different parameters.