Protecting our native honey bees
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.