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

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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