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Beekeepers march on Downing Street

PUBLISHED: 14:27 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 08:28 28 March 2014

NOVEMBER 5, 2008: Angry beekeepers will march on Downing
Street this afternoon (Wednesday, November 5), to demand funding to
halt the rapid demise of the bee population.

According to the president of the British


Beekeeper Association Tim Lovett, one third of British bee colonies


have been lost over the last year.




He warned that disease and poor husbandry were putting the bee and its benefits at risk.

“We are told English honey will run out around Christmas time – it has been a very, very bad season,” said Mr Lovett.

The


British Beekeepers’ Association estimate that pollination, largely by


honey bees, contributes £165 million a year to the agricultural


economy.

Beekeepers are asking the Government for an £8 million


investment spent over 5 years – with money directed into disease


research, developing medicines, breeding bees resistant to the Varroa


mite and better husbandry.

Shadow Agriculture Minister, Bill


Wiggin said: “Government investment in bee research should reflect its


importance to our rural economy, food production and bio-diversity, and


not become some kind of peripheral issue.

“When I meet with Tim Lovett today I will reassure him that we will make this a research priority for Defra,” he said.


































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