Northants Bee Keepers Association

Northamptonshire Beekeepers' Association (NBKA) Registered Charity No. 295593


Northants Bee Keepers Association

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Northants Bee Keepers Association

A member organisation representing beekeepers in the County of Northamptonshire

May 2008

Protecting the health of honey bees: consultation

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.”  


The consultation will run until 29 August 2008.


Further information about honey bees is available on the Defra website and BeeBase.

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