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Bid to protect honeybees

PUBLISHED: 19:57 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:24 28 March 2014

APRIL 10, 2008: Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government has launched
a joint consultation on a strategy to improve and protect honey bee
health.

The strategy seeks to address the challenges facing


beekeepers given their important role as custodians of honey bees. It


sets out a plan for the future direction of work aimed at sustaining


the health of honey bees and beekeeping in England and Wales for the


next decade. It recognises the important roles of various stakeholders


in implementing the strategy – Government, individual beekeepers, their


associations and others, such as honey importers. 





Minister for  Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health, Jeff  Rooker said:
“Honey bees are facing serious threats from a growing


number of pests and diseases. It is vital that we do all we can to


respond effectively to these threats and to sustain honey bees and


beekeeping for today and for future generations. 




“The strategy provides direction and focus for


Government, beekeepers and other stakeholders working together over the


next decade on sustaining honey bees. We are grateful for the


constructive engagement with beekeeping associations over recent months


to develop the strategy. Once the final strategy is published after


consultation, we will need to work with the associations on a suitable


implementation plan.” 




The  consultation will run until August 29, 2008.

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