Save the Bees and Transfer the Source of Honey to Make Sure of Living
2020/2/26 17:39:00 本站

Help beekeepers protect bees, help beekeepers to complete bees transfer to the honey source




On February 13, Liu Decheng, a beekeeper from Taihe Town, Xichang City, Sichuan Province, committed suicide in an apiary beside Lintuqiao Village, Yimen County, Yunnan Province. The news spread among the beekeeper circles. An Chuanyuan was sad when he saw the news of Liu Decheng's suicide. The dilemma that Liu Decheng faces is common in the current beekeeping community in Yunnan.


After beekeeper Liu Decheng committed suicide: The beekeeper who stayed in Yunnan fed the bees with sugar every day, which was supported until the end of February.


On February 15, the General Office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the General Office of the National Development and Reform Commission, and the General Office of the Ministry of Transport jointly issued the "Emergency Notice on Resolving Current Practical Difficulties and Accelerating the Resumption of Production and Resumption of Production". The second stipulates that the "transition bees" should be included in the scope of emergency transportation guarantee for daily necessities, and the green channel policy should be effectively implemented, in addition to the necessary rapid temperature detection of drivers to ensure fast and convenient traffic. The policy has come out and the road has been opened, but the bees are still unable to transfer. The beekeeper who originally planned to transfer to Mianyang, Sichuan on February 20th, called the village head of the source of the honey on February 18th, and found that even if a truck could be found and the road was open, the source of honey could not be reached. "The village chief said that you are an outsider and you are not allowed to enter the village. You will be isolated for another 14 days. There is no way to unload the bees."


There are timetables for beekeeper transfers, which vary from region to region. Starting from Sichuan and going to Yunnan to release bees, the general situation is to go out in November and return to Sichuan in early February of the following year. They will make another transition around the end of March of that year and return to Sichuan in October. Now that the transition time in early February has passed, if they can't return to Sichuan before the end of February, they will miss the honey source, and the loss will be at least 30,000 yuan. During the epidemic, every beekeeper who stayed in Yunnan faced anxiety in the face of being unable to transfer. Anyone who sees the news of the beekeeper Liu Decheng committing suicide feels sad. It is not easy for people to live, and they should cherish life at any time.


CBCGDF recently received call for help from beekeepers in relevant region. Due to the special situation of epidemic prevention and control, more than 200 beekeepers there could not bring bees into relevant region. The beekeepers said that the winter there is long, and the batch of wintering bees taken care by each beekeeper supposed to reach the source of honey in early February, and their lives have reached their limit. The source has not yet bloomed flowers, but it is necessary to go there to extend the life of bees and breed small bees. If do not enter there to breed new bees, all bees will die, old bees will not be replaced, and agricultural losses will be severely hit.


They can only watch as the bees die.


At present, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) has sent a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and also copied the local government of the source; and communicated with the relevant department there. Next, CBCGDF staff will contact the local Epidemic Prevention and Control Command to help beekeepers survive the crisis.


Latest progress:


On the evening of February 23, the honey source local government responded to the difficulties encountered by beekeepers in the transfer process as reflected by the CBCGDF: the relevant situation was transferred to the region. The CBCGDF then contacted the staff of the Agriculture and Rural Department of there. Since the beekeeper's bees are dying every day, the beekeepers want to cry without tears. It is hoped that the release soon will reduce the loss of beekeepers.


On February 24, CBCGDF learned the specific situation and compiled the materials, and sent letters to the Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Communications, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou and other places. And called the relevant departments to reflect the situation, communicate, and solve the problems facing the beekeeper. CBCGDF publishes beekeepers' requests, relevant progress and specific conditions on major new media platforms at the fastest speed.


The letter from CBCGDF received a response from the relevant departments in the honey source and will coordinate as soon as possible to strongly support the bee transfer. The relevant departments of the region will introduce corresponding measures, and the beekeepers look forward to the relevant departments' early introduction of policies.


CBCGDF communicated with relevant departments of the honey source region, and feedback questions from beekeepers:


1. Surrogacy is unscientific, and the workload of beeskeepers in that region is saturated.

2. Ask people to go in and take self-isolation locally.

3. The colony has reached the end of its life, and the problem of transition is imminent.


On February 25th, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Area returned a call and paid close attention to the transfer of beekeepers in relevant region. They are fully coordinating and hope to assist the beekeepers to return to the hive as soon as possible. The CBCGDF once again sent a letter to the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and the local government of the honey source region, which “recommends the relevant government departments to support the beekeeper's transfer urgently when they do not miss the farming season.”








(Photo credit: CBCGDF)

By / Maggie