Bee stall cre­ates show buzz

Campbeltown Courier - - FARMING -

AMONG plenty of new at­trac­tions at this year’s Mid Ar­gyll Show was a sec­tion on bees – the busy un­sung he­roes of food pro­duc­tion across the world.

Honey bees are im­por­tant, not only for the pro­duc­tion of honey but also for the con- tri­b­u­tion they make to the pol­li­na­tion of many crop species and to the wider en­vi­ron­ment.

Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fig­ures sug­gest there are around 2,400 hobby bee­keep­ers around the coun­try, along with around 25 com­mer­cial bee farm­ers.

Mid Ar­gyll Agri­cul­tural Show this year sub­mit­ted a com­mu­nity fund ap­pli­ca­tion to The Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany for a grant to­wards an ed­u­ca­tional bee stall.

The stall of­fered in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic on the im­por­tance of bees in the pol­li­na­tion of many food crops, al­low­ing the pub­lic to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion and wit­ness the bees in ac­tion. The show com­mit­tee is grate­ful for the support of the Scot­tish Salmon Com­pany to­wards the cost of the bee stall at the show.

Bees were on dis­play at Mid Ar­gyll Show.

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