1. bookVolume 45 (2021): Issue 340 (August 2021)
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Status of the Precision Beekeeping Development in Latvia

Published Online: 11 Aug 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 45 (2021) - Issue 340 (August 2021)
Page range: 86 - 92
Received: 12 Apr 2021
Accepted: 29 Jun 2021
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2256-0939
First Published
30 Aug 2012
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Information and communication technologies are part of almost any branch of human lives. During the last decade also beekeeping joined the direction of application of IT tools and solutions and precision beekeeping was defined. Still in the beekeeping many operations and observations are completed manually, and there is a potential to switch to the digital realisation. Information technologies can be used in the beekeeping to partly support the beekeepers by implementation of automatic or semi-automatic solutions for bee colony remote monitoring, apiary record making and other actions. The aim of this paper is to make a summary of the usage of information technology tools by the beekeepers in Latvia, summarizing precision beekeeping development status and conclude about its future development potential. To achieve this aim, in cooperation with Latvian Beekeepers Association, a beekeepers survey was conducted. More than 200 beekeepers shared thoughts and opinions about their application of information and communication technologies for monitoring the bee colonies and apiary management. The summary of the survey conducted is described in this study.

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