Decline in Bee Colonies Witnessed
The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) has revealed that a decline in the bee population has been witnessed. In addition, it has also been uncovered 33% of honey bee colonies are not able to survive winters.
It is not the first time when the issue of declining population of honey bees has came forth. In the starting of 2013, the European Union did raise the issue and has suggested that they should ban certain pesticides as they directly harm the honey bee population.
Not only to increase the population of honey bees, but also from the point of view of economy. It is important that steps should be taken to increase the population of honey bees.
It has been found that honey bees contribute as much as 22bn euros to the European economy annually. There are a number of factors that can be held responsible for bringing a decline in honey bee population.
Weather is said to be one of the factors. David Aston, Chairman of the BBKA, was of the view, "Those honey bee colonies which have survived the winter and are now prospering have done so in the main due to the careful nurturing through the winter by beekeepers".