How can a mobile application save the lives of bees from Moldova?

Beekeeping is one of the important areas for the economy of the Republic of Moldova, and the value of honey exports is estimated at about 10 million dollars annually. At the same time, according to the europarl.europa.eu portal, almost 76% of food production in Europe depends on bee pollination. But gaps in the communication process between farmers and beekeepers endanger the health and lives of bees. These cases are recorded during the period when the bees are active and collect pollen, and farmers have to make treatments with plant protection products in the field.

Vitalie Jereghi is one of the over 7000 beekeepers in the Republic of Moldova. He founded his business 3 years ago, and together with his business partner, he takes care of over 100 bee families. “The most important period of honey production takes place in April-May. At the same time, there are mass spraying of land with various plant protection products. In our country, in 2019, 17 bee families perished, and another 12 were severely affected by the chemicals used to spray the orchards or plantations in the vicinity. It took us some time and effort to restore these families, but we did not succeed completely. It was a blow, including a financial one, which could be prevented through a constructive communication between farmers and beekeepers “, says Vitalie Jereghi, beekeeper, member of the National Association of Beekeepers.

According to the National Association of Beekeepers of the Republic of Moldova (anarm.md), annually, about a quarter of the bee population in the Republic of Moldova dies due to poisoning with phytosanitary products. The problem could be solved by more effective communication between beekeepers and farmers, as well as by complying with the law.

A web application for more efficient communication

The Startup Moldova “Digital IMPACT” program of the Tekwill project, supported by USAID and Sweden, which comes to encourage sectoral collaboration between representatives of traditional and IT industries, together with the USAID Performance Agriculture in Moldova (APM) project, supported the initiative of the National Association of Beekeepers in the Republic of Moldova (ANARM) to find a solution to the problem of beekeepers and farmers. The web application, called “BeeProtect” is a platform through which farmers can announce splashes in advance, and beekeepers can inform about the location of apiaries. Beekeepers can view on the map and how far away the land to be sprayed is. In the event of poisoning, all users will also be alerted. The web application was created by the experts of the IT company “RoyalMap”, and the National Association of Beekeepers of the Republic of Moldova (ANARM) coordinated and tested the platform.

“The app has a system that allows automatic alerts to be sent to all nearby beekeepers, over a distance of 7 kilometers. The information is available to all users, including town halls, on whose territory the sprays have been applied and the apiaries are located. We wanted to provide a complex solution to prevent a problem in the beekeeping field, and its implementation involves adjustment and approval of laws and regulations in this regard, “said Eugeniu Cepoi, Technical Director of RoyalMap SRL.

“Innovative solutions are essential in the development of sectors of the national economy. We aimed to facilitate communication between representatives of different sectors, offering them alternatives for long-term progress. We are convinced that information technology can become an important catalyst for the private sector, which is why we will continue to support innovative thinking and put into practice ideas that could have a major impact on local business. And this fact, in the long run, will contribute to the development of the national economy “, mentioned Ana Chirița, the director of the Tekwill project.

Partnerships for the digitization of key sectors

“Digital IMPACT” is a platform that encourages sectoral collaboration between representatives of several industries. The program provides research and identification of problems in strategic sectors of the national economy and aims to provide real IT solutions that could have a major impact on independent businesses. The program enjoys the support of international development partners.

“Sweden supports global digital transformation, and in Moldova, it supports innovation, entrepreneurship and the ICT sector through programs launched by the TEKWILL Project. Thus, Sweden contributes to increasing IT skills and capacity by promoting innovative solutions in both the technical and non-IT sectors. The integration of information technologies in different spheres of life, as well as the creation of alternative platforms, can contribute to providing multiple opportunities for business development, improving the economy and living conditions in general in Moldova. “, said Madelene Eichhorn, Project Manager , Swedish Embassy in Moldova.

„The Startup Moldova“ Digital IMPACT ” program contributes to the consolidation of the ecosystem development effort, driven by innovation and knowledge of the technology industry. This project is part of a broader public-private partnership, which USAID supports in the target sectors, to develop innovative businesses and support the integration of information technologies in different sectors of the economy. USAID believes in Moldova’s potential and in the ability of the private sector to implement information technology in its day-to-day work. We support the successful development of different sectors, because difficult situations require advanced solutions, ”said Scott Hocklander, Head of the USAID Mission to Moldova.

The TEKWILL project — The revolution begins!

Startup Moldova is part of the TEKWILL Project, implemented by the National Association of ICT Companies, with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development and Sweden. “Tekwill” was created in 2017 as a Center of Excellence of the ICT sector in Moldova, with the main purpose of aligning the field with current market requirements. In order to continue to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the IT industry and other strategic sectors of the economy, the center has expanded its fields of activity, becoming in 2019 a complex project at the national level, with the slogan “The revolution begins!” The basic objective of the TEKWILL Project, as a platform dedicated to the progress of the IT sector, is to ensure a major impact on the economic development of the country, by improving the entrepreneurial and educational capacities of society, but also by increasing the research and development potential of institutions. education, in line with the demand in the IT market.

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