in Isère, an exchange of insects to seal 30 years of friendship

in Isère, an exchange of insects to seal 30 years of friendship
in Isère, an exchange of insects to seal 30 years of friendship

On the occasion of World Bee Day, and to celebrate 30 years of friendship between a German commune and the town of Saint-Marcellin, in Isère, a bee exchange took place this Sunday. The objective: to learn more about beekeeping techniques, but also to make Franco-German honey.

It is a symbolic exchange of hives which took place between a German town, Grafing, and the Isère commune of Saint-Marcellin. To celebrate 30 years of friendship between the two cities, a meeting was organized during which French bees were exchanged for German bees.

“We are going to mix German bees with French bees. This will allow us to discuss the respective techniques, we will discuss the beekeeping techniques that they use in Germany and we will do the same with those that we use in France, for example, in Germany, the Asian hornet has not yet arrived, which is not the case with us, so we will be able to give them our techniques for fighting the hornet.explains Jean-Nicolas Garcin, co-president of ADAV (Association for the Development of Beekeeping in Vinay).

Helmut Thelen is a beekeeper in Germany. He came with two swarms and one goal: to transfer a French queen into one of the German hives: “I have great pleasure in taking part in the marriage of these bees”, confides the beekeeper.

But inserting a queen into a colony and having her accepted is not always easy. “Many parameters must be taken into account, specifies Gérard Micoud, member of ADAVthe pheromones of the queen and the hive must be compatible, for example.”

The queen is the pillar of the colony, it is she who ensures renewal, she therefore has an essential role for the survival of the species. Without it, there is no honey. Some hives can produce up to 25 kilos per year.

The objective behind this meeting for beekeepers is to ultimately produce Franco-German honey: “It will be of very high quality without a doubt”concludes Robert Gay-Pageon, beekeeper.

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