Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government have 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.”