Born to beekeep

The International Trade Council - a peak-body, non-profit, international chamber of commerce. Dedicating to assisting businesses overcome technical barriers to trade, expand into new markets and connect with other businesses.With a surname like Mielgo, is working with bees your destiny?

Paulo Mielgo (miel means honey in Spanish) has joined Vita as its new technical manager. He comes from Argentina and beekeeping is in his blood. His father has managed 700 hives across a wide territory north of Buenos Aires and he can’t really remember his first encounter with a beehive because he would have been only a very few years old.

After gaining a degree from a veterinary college in Argentina, Paulo has worked in many different countries including Italy, México, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.

Paulo comes to Vita from Apilab, Vita’s South American partner, and will be working with researchers and universities to help develop new honey bee health and nutrition products.

On his first trip to see some British apiaries, Paulo called in to see the church at Wooton St Lawrence, near Vita’s HQ. The village church has a great beekeeping history because it was once the parish church of the Rev Charles Butler, author of The Feminine Monarchie, published in 1623 and the first book to promote the idea that the head of a hive is a queen and not a king.

About Vita (Europe) Limited

Vita (Europe) Limited is a mite control and honeybee health specialist. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries. With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.

Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. Its headquarters are in the UK, it has offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.

Vita’s honeybee health product range includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – chalkbrood and wax moth controls and foulbrood diagnostic kits. Vita also supplies Asian hornet traps, Small Hive Beetle traps and swarm lures. Vita products have been registered by more than 60 veterinary authorities.

Vita promotes sustainable beekeeping through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Its treatments are designed to inhibit the build-up of resistance and wherever possible contain natural compounds and biological controls that are benign to all but the target pests.

Vita invests a very high proportion of its turnover in research and development. Research partners include universities such as Thessaloniki, Cardiff, Milan, Udine and Naples and institutes such as the FERA Laboratories in the UK and the USDA in America. Vita’s innovative research and development work has been recognised by and has received support from the UK Government.

As a result of its primary research of natural control agents, Vita is currently engaged in new projects exploring mite control in the agriculture, veterinary, and horticulture industries as well as public health and human allergen control.

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