The cause of mass death of bees in Ukraine in half the cases were agrochemicals. Such conclusions were reached in the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection after having processed over 80 samples selected in places of deaths.
53% of them confirmed the presence of chemicals, according to the website of the State Service.
Vladimir Lapa, chairman of the State Consumer Protection Service, agrees that the problem really exists, and it is complex. First, the Instruction on Prevention and Elimination of Diseases and Poisoning of Bees, adopted in 2001, is morally obsolete.
The chairman of the State Service promises to come up with proposals to simplify the instructions. And at the same time, it would be worth simplifying the process of obtaining permits.
“Most apiaries are now unregistered. When they look at the instructions, they realize that they will not do it”, says Lapa. And veterinarians are not invited to an unregistered apiary.
In addition, at the level of the law, it is necessary to oblige agribusinesses to notify local governments of the processing of fields.
“We are preparing legislative proposals: what should be provided and to whom, and if the information is provided to local government bodies, then it should be the duty of officials to inform registered beekeepers. When we change these orders and instructions, the number of registered apiaries increases”, he summed up.
At the same time, the Union of Beekeepers says that they are not registered because of fear of tax pressure from the state.
So far, not only the official register of beekeepers is missing in Ukraine, but even a state body that could create it, says the vice-president of the Union Vladimir Dmitruk.
Meanwhile, the scale of bee deaths in Ukraine has become a huge problem. In some areas this year, more bee colonies were killed than in 2017 throughout Ukraine.