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To Bee or Not to Bee, That Is the Question?

To Bee or Not to Bee, That Is the Question?

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LONDON (Reuters) –
To bee or not to bee is about England’s honey bee nests that are passing away at a worrying rate due to illness and an absence of collaborated action by health authorities, a parliamentary report concluded that bees are very quickly disappearing.
England and Wales have around 250,000 nests of honey bees, which contribute around 200 million pounds to the economy because they are exclusively accountable for pollinating almost 40 business crops.
Regardless of their significance, the federal government’s department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) has actually provided little concern to bee health and cannot get beekeepers to report on nest health, the report stated. “Success in dealing with illness occurrence in honey bees and animals will need the department to work more collaboratively with farmers, beekeepers and leading scholastic scientists in these locations,” “the report by parliament’s Committee of Public Accounts stated.
Inspects discovered that in between 7 and 8 percent of nests had actually passed away, with the portion increasing over the previous couple of years.
As modifications to environment and food supply, the bees were being negatively impacted by cold and weather condition, with the risk that up to 30 percent of nests might be lost over the winter season.
In order to get on top of the issue, the report advised that Defra magnify its screening for illness and work more carefully with beekeepers.
Only half of active beekeepers are registered with Defra and subject to the department’s inspection regime. Registration is voluntary, unlike in other countries.
“In maintaining a voluntary approach to registration and inspection, the department should develop a strategy to increase significantly the number of registered beekeepers,” it said.
“This would enable it to enhance its data on bee disease incidence and better target advice on good husbandry and its research program.”

Reporting by Phakamisa Ndzamela

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