China Environment News Focuses on the Dilemma of Bee Farmers’ Transferring - Zhou Jinfeng: It is Related to People's Livelihood, Poverty Alleviation, and Lucid Waters and Lush Mountains (II)
2020/3/5 16:03:00 本站

Separation in two places” - You can also see bees through the video monitor


Now it seems that there is a preliminary solution to the road traffic problem of trans-provincial beekeepers’ transfer.


According to the information from CBCGDF, at present, due to the need of combating epidemic in China, the traffic control measures of different provinces and cities are different, and some areas are still relatively strict, especially at the township level, there is still a situation of blocking and breaking the circuit. The transferring of bee farmers requires large trucks to transport beehives, which is difficult to guarantee the traffic.


Zhai Xiaolong told reporters that Yunnan issued a residence certificate for himself during the outbreak, and he also provided a route certificate for his hometown village, so that he could enter the village smoothly. “Maybe it’s also because I am the native from my village. The village next to us is still closed and there are still bee farmers quarantined outside. I hope the local departments can respond to the call of the central government.”


According to Zhai Xiaolong, there are still some bee farmers left in Yunnan. They haven’t left yet and are still waiting. If they stay 10 days late and spend more time in the middle of the year, they will lose a lot this year.


In Xinjiang Autonomous Region, late on February 25th, an official document issued by Urumqi epidemic prevention and control headquarters was also spread. The document requires that the transportation of bee farmers in Urumqi should be done well, and the Municipal Bureau of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry should be responsible for coordinating and determining the travel time and location in batches and connecting and coordinating Turpan City and other regions.


The reporter learned from a bee farmer’s office in Shihezi City, Xinjiang Autonomous Region that many bee farmers’ bees are kept in Turpan, while people in other cities are unable to return to Turpan for the spring breeding of bees.


“There must be hundreds of such bee farmers,” he told the reporter.


“Beekeepers in Xinjiang do not transfer during this period, mainly for bee breeding. Different from other areas, we do not breed outside the village, but in the village. Because the beekeeping itself is relatively scattered, if we go back to the village all of a sudden, it is really not easy to manage.” The old bee farmer expressed his understanding of the epidemic control.


Just like Zhai Xiaolong, in a few days, this bee farmer in Xinjiang also received phone calls from relevant departments of governments at all levels, as well as from the departments in charge of apiculture in the autonomous region, who also sent greetings and guidance.


“I even got a call at 2:00 in the middle of the night. Later, I learned that it was called by the secretary of the Agriculture Bureau of Toksun County in Turpan. I didn't expect that many people were paying attention to our bee farmers and worrying about us.”


Although it has been two to three months since the bee was separated from this bee farmer, he has seen the status quo of bees through video. That is the video that the local government of Turpan City organized the staff to come to the beekeeping place to check the situation of bees and take for them.


“In the video, they turned over two boxes. The bees are okay. The government departments are trying their best to make every effort, and I am more pleased that the beekeeper's work has been taken seriously by all sides and it is a special comfort to me”, he said.


A staff member from Turpan City told this old bee farmer that the local government was actively coordinating the return of the bee farmers and waited patiently for the last three or five days, maybe there would be some good news.


Chain Reaction - Bees are small, but they have a huge impact


In the interview, Dr. Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General of CBCGDF said that "if bees are damaged and die, it is not only related to the livelihood of bee farmers but also closely related to agricultural production and ecological balance. Bees are related to people's livelihood, poverty alleviation, lucid waters, and lush mountains. Nothing is a small matter."


Bees are one of the important insect groups beneficial to human beings, which can pollinate crops, fruit trees, vegetables, and other crops to increasing production. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 71 of the more than 100 crops that account for more than 90% of the world's total food need bee pollination.


In addition, bees, as an important member of the ecosystem, plays an important role in promoting the maintenance of ecological balance. It is their existence that makes all kinds of plants, especially wild plants, pollinate and reproduce smoothly during the flowering period, which provides a guarantee for biodiversity.


In China, the existence of bees has another important significance - because of its economic value, bee breeding has also been used as a poverty alleviation project and promoted in many places, which is an important source of income for many beekeeping families.


However, it is an indisputable fact that the global bee population is declining. The decrease of the bee population means that the yield of food crops, fruits and flowers will decrease accordingly, and it will also affect the change of the whole related plant symbiotic ecosystem.


The protection of bees is urgent.


In response to the epidemic situation and the current difficulties, CBCGDF suggested that: we should explore the establishment of provincial and municipal notification mechanisms and green access measures as soon as possible, so as to ensure the smooth flow of bee farmers and honey harvesting across regions. “Bees are not only the main pollinating insects to ensure the pollination and production increase of crops, but also an important part of the ecological environment. Bee breeding is also a green development project to help bee farmers to achieve poverty alleviation and prosperity, which is worth giving priority to green channels and guarantee support,” CBCGDF wrote in the open letter.


At present, all parties are taking active action to help bee farmers. On the Internet, the Kuaishou video online platform also joined hands with SGF and Landscape Nature Conservation Center, invited the beekeeping experts to broadcast live online, and instruct the beekeepers to cope with the epidemic.


“We are still very confident that the difficult situation will soon be eased. With the concerted efforts of all sectors, we will make every effort to ensure that we do not miss the agricultural time and will not cause greater losses,” Zhou Jinfeng said firmly.


In fact, each of us should shoulder to shoulder with the bee farmers. “Give bees a home, give humans a future.” Obviously, this is not only a simple slogan.

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By / Xue Tongtong