Farming enterprise “DUB-RAVA” was founded in 2011 on the basis of the private bee farm and consists of 7 stationary farms situated in three administrative districts of the Transcarpathian region – Mukachevo, Berehovo and Irshava districts.
Main objectives of the farm management: raising of highly productive purebred Carpathian female bees of ‘Rakhivskiy’ breed, production and sales of the bee products.
In accordance with order No 344/197 of the Ministry of agrarian policy and the National Academy of agrarian sciences of Ukraine dated from 11.09.2014 the bee farming enterprise received the status of “the breeding stock-rearing bee farm of Carpathian breed”.
The main part of beekeeping facilities is situated in Berehovo district at 2 km distance from the populated area in the isolated terrain “Mertsehat” at the forest edge. From the north and the south the bee farm is surrounded by the oak wood composed of companion timber species such as maple, beech, horn-beech, lime tree etc. Two more bee farming stations are located 4 km to the east and 3 km to the west.
The ideal location of the bee farm allows to control the male bee rate in the radius of the female bee circulation and permits to take highly effective measures to preserve and improve the valuable characteristics of the selected breed of Carpathian bees. Most bee families live in the long hives ‘Karpaty’. The bee farm itself was founded by the bee farmer, Mertsyn Ivan Andriiovych, who is well-known around the region. He organized the bee farm which was developed later into the farming enterprise “DUB-RAVA”. More about Mertsyn Ivan Andriiovych
Many bee families are kept in the multi-storeyed 10-frame hives made of polyurethane foam. The selected group of bee families is located at the main farming station. These bee families are placed in the special hives called “Prazhak” which have been preserved since the times of Ivan Andriiovych’s beekeeping practice and after modernization they are still used nowadays. The selective bee farm is also located there and together with the bred nucleus it comprises 100 bee families.
These bee families together with the families of the two surrounding bee farms promote the formation of the intensive male bee rate for the productive insemination of female bees. The suitable isolation of the bee farm, the annual monitoring of the breed features and economic and utility data allow to maintain the original type of purebred Carpathian bees on a quality level.