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ApiTrade Africa endorses the creation of the world bee day, May 20th, in effort to protect the bees and beekeeping sector across the globe! It is thought that this will create the much needed awareness of the roles bee play and appreciating different primary and secondary products from bees.

The proponents of this move is the Slovenian Beekeeper's Association (SBA) with support from the Republic of Slovenia. During 44th Apimondia in Daejeon - South Korea, SBA made a presentation to the International Beekeeping congress which welcomed the idea. The next steps is to lodge this proposal to United Nations (UN).

Why the month of May?

The celebration of the World Bee Day has been put in May because:

1) In the nothern hemisphere, May is the month with the greatest activity of bees when, the number of bee colonies increases to such an extent that the colonies swarm, which is their natural way of reproduction. During this period, bees are most numerous and the need for pollination is at its maximum.

2) In the southern hemisphere on the other hand, it is autumn time, the time for harvesting products, and thus the days and weeks of honey.

It should also be noted that May 20th is the day when Anton Jansa was born (1734 - 1773). He is known as a pioneer of modern beekeeping and one of the greatest experts on bees of the time. He was the first modern beekeeping teacher in the world. His life and work are described in many beekeeping books, including The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting (Eva Craine, 1999).

Why bees?

One mouthful in three of the foods you eat directly or indirectly depends on pollination by honey bees. Crops from nuts to vegetables and as diverse as alfalfa, apple, pumpkin, sunflower among others all require pollinating by honey bees.

With their activity, bees have positive effects on the entire ecosystem and on conservation of biodiversity in nature. Biodiversity is essential for maintaining the natural habitats and thus humanity itself. Bees thus have both direct & indirect influence food, fuel, oxygyen, clean water & air, soil fertility, plant pollination, human health through medicines from bee products among others.

Why NOW?

In the recent period, especially in areas of intensive agriculture and industralization, bees are endangered due to environmental threats. Their celebration will go a long way in influencing policies and campaigns that are geared towards their survival for man’s greatest benefit.

Compiled by Robert Grace Kisenyi,


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