Pro­tect­ing our na­tive honey bees

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

MIN­IS­TER of State at the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Food and the Marine, An­drew Doyle opened the Fed­er­a­tion of Ir­ish Bee­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tions An­nual Bee­keeper’s Sum­mer School in Gor­manston County Meath.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Ir­ish Bee­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tions (FIBKA) has in ex­cess of 3,100 mem­bers. There are mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions lo­cated in Round­wood and Ash­ford in County Wick­low.

Open­ing the Sum­mer School, Min­is­ter Doyle praised FIBKA’s con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of bee­keep­ers’ skills and ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tant role played by bees as both pol­li­na­tors for agri­cul­tural and hor­ti­cul­tural crops and in the main­te­nance of ecosys­tems.

‘The new Na­tional Api­cul­ture Pro­gramme rep­re­sents a great op­por­tu­nity for Ir­ish bee­keep­ing to con­tinue to pro­duce a science led ap­proach on how to pro­tect our hon­ey­bee colonies and pro­vides an in­valu­able mech­a­nism for tar­geted re­search for the api­cul­ture sec­tor in Ire­land.’

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

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