|Kelulut bees / Photo by: pendakisolo via Shutterstock|
Stingless bee farmers in Malaysia are advised to embrace nanotechnology to increase the production of kelulut honey by preventing the growth of fungi and bacteria.
Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk, Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, advised the lebah kelulut or stingless bee farmers to adopt the technology as it could potentially increase their production for up to 20 percent.
Madius said: “The technology and innovation culture will boost the people’s income.” He also said that it will help spur the economy of Malaysia. The Minister said this after he officiated a workshop on the kelulut honey industry.
The workshop was under the Youth Agropreneurs Development Program, designed specifically for young people below 40 years old to develop a generation of entrepreneurial, leadership skills, and talent in the agriculture.
The Minister also hoped that the participants of the workshop will disseminate the skills and knowledge they gained during the training as it will be helpful to other people, especially the younger generation.
Nanotechnology investment facilitator NanoMalaysia Berhad’s CEO Dr. Rezal Khairi Ahmad notes that the workshop was also made possible by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute and the Enactus Universiti Tenaga Nasional in assisting the local residents in practical training and theory of stingless bees with the use of nano coating.