Pesticides are banned in the European Union, bee bees in Bulgaria – News from Bulgaria


This year's honey production has dropped by around 60%. This was announced at the "Before All" event at BNR Nikolay Kumenov – President of the Federation of Bulgarian Beekeepers. As an excuse for serious setbacks, he pointed to prolonged rain throughout the year.

"We have exported around 12-15 thousand tons of honey, we will now have around 7-8 thousand tons."

Kumanov also shows that bee deaths have increased dramatically. In his words, this happened because the use of pesticides was banned in the European Union.

However, beekeepers have not received State support under the de minimis scheme, which applies in an unfavorable year.

"The Minister of Agriculture is justified by the fact that the NVS has recorded very few deaths. The difference in data comes from the fact that some beekeepers do not record any deaths from the bee family because of the bureaucracy", explained Kumanov.

Protest statements by beekeepers have a request for payment of "pollination" fees for each registered family of bees – 60 euros per year to be accepted in this sector. According to him, at the European level, the proposal has a chance.

The declaration also contains requests for criminalization of unregulated pruning. Beekeepers insist and monitor illegal imports of prohibited pesticides in Bulgaria:

"Beekeepers don't expect someone to treat something like that – he took the honey, went to sell it, and at one point it turned out that there were pesticides like that in honey. Then copper had nothing to do."

National beekeeping protests are scheduled for December 10.



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