Slovenia, land of beekeeping
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Aleksandra Pivec is on a three-day visit to Canada, where she is attending the 56th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress. During her visit she met with several apiculture representatives from all over the world, and at the fair she presented Slovenia as a beekeeping country.
According to sources at the Ministry of Agriculture, Slovenia was presented at Apimondia as a country with a long tradition of beekeeping, with expert apicultural knowledge and equipment, and as the country that initiated the proposal for the proclamation of 20 May as World Bee Day.
During the fair, Tuesday was “Slovenia Day at Apimondia”, during which Pivec presented Slovenia as a land of beekeeping. She emphasised the importance of pollinators to food security, the importance of exchanging knowledge, and the opportunities that Slovenia offers in this area.
During her visit to Apimondia, Pivec also met with representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the Province of Quebec Sylvain Lancomb, and both expressed a shared interest in increased cooperation, where the two countries will have to determine the areas and products that are of interest to both countries.
They specifically mentioned the area of education and research, in which Slovenia is seeking closer cooperation. They also expressed interest in making joint presentations at international events, for promotional purposes and in order to encourage increased trade. Pivec also presented Slovenian winemaking and the top-quality wines that Slovenia would like to offer to Canadian wine lovers.