Sup­port avail­able for Wick­low bee­keep­ers

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MINISTER of State for Agri­cul­ture Food and the Ma­rine, An­drew Doyle T.D., launched the next round of the Na­tional Apiculture Pro­gramme on Wednesday.

EU sup­port for bee­keep­ing is pro­vided through the na­tional apiculture pro­grammes which aim through ap­proved ap­plied re­search projects to im­prove the gen­eral con­di­tions for the pro­duc­tion of honey and other apiculture prod­ucts in the EU.

Ire­land has se­cured fund­ing through this ini­tia­tive for a fur­ther three year Na­tional Apiculture Pro­gramme. This pro­gramme which is co-funded by the EU com­mis­sion will pro­vide fund­ing of up to €90,000 (€270,000 in to­tal) per an­num for the du­ra­tion of the three year pro­gramme.

Minister of State Doyle said: ‘I am de­lighted to an­nounce the in­tro­duc­tion of the next Na­tional Apiculture Pro­gramme which will run for the next three years to 2022. This pro­gramme, which sup­ports re­search into pro­duc­tion stan­dards, demon­strates my Depart­ment’s con­tin­ued sup­port to the bee­keep­ing sec­tor in Ire­land.’

The cur­rent Na­tional Apiculture Pro­gramme which re­ceived fund­ing of €217,985 over the last three years will ex­pire at the end of this month. In light of this, re­searchers are in­vited to sub­mit pro­pos­als for the new Na­tional Apiculture Pro­gramme which will run from Au­gust 1 of this year un­til July 31 of 2022.

The aim of the pro­gramme is to pro­vide tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to bee­keep­ers, com­bat bee­hive in­vaders and dis­eases, par­tic­u­larly var­roa­sis, and to co-op­er­ate with spe­cial­ist bod­ies for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ap­plied re­search pro­grammes in the field of bee­keep­ing and apiculture prod­ucts.

All suitable bod­ies that can demon­strate the nec­es­sary re­search ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing Univer­si­ties, In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy and Tea­gasc, are el­i­gi­ble to sub­mit pro­pos­als. Projects that in­volve col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween in­sti­tu­tions and/or in­volve the de­vel­op­ment of critical mass are en­cour­aged.

Minister of State An­drew Doyle launch­ing the next round of the Na­tional Apiculture Pro­gramme.

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