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Ms Panagiotou stated that an important tool for the development of beekeeping in Cyprus is the Beekeeping Program co-financed by the European Union

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<p>In a greeting at the same event, the Commissioner of the Environment, Antonia Theodosiou, stated that the implementation of targeted actions for the development of the beekeeping sector is high on Cyber's priorities </p>
<p>The Government's effort for even more support for beekeeping will be continuous, she said on Sunday in a greeting of the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Maria Panagiotou, at the Bee Festival in Ora, on the occasion of the celebration of “World Bee Day”.</p>
<p class=Mrs. Panagiotou stated that an important tool for the development of beekeeping in Cyprus is the Beekeeping Program co-financed by the European Union. “With this financial tool, we support our beekeepers, with an annual amount of €340,000 for actions related to their training, the replacement of worn out hives, the fight against bees' enemies, research, but also actions aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of the bee and beekeeping products”, he noted.

In a greeting at the same event, the Environment Commissioner, Antonia Theodosiou, stated that the implementation of targeted actions for the development of the beekeeping sector is high on the Government's priorities

The Minister of Agriculture said in her greeting that the support of beekeeping, which, in addition to the benefit to the agricultural economy, brings beneficial results to the agro-ecosystems, falls within the priorities of the Government Program of Nikos Christodoulidis.

He assured that the Government's effort for even more support for beekeeping will be continuous saying that “we fully understand the benefits of the bee both in our natural environment and in the development of the primary sector”.

< p class="text-paragraph">At the same time, the Minister indicated that the Ministry of Agriculture, recognizing the role of the bee, implements a series of actions to support beekeeping, through various community and national development programs, aiming to offer incentives that will strengthen this traditional and at the same time important profession.< /p>

Ms. Panagiotou mentioned that within the framework of these actions, the efforts of the Ministry's services to minimize the risks to bee populations from the use of plant protection products are included. “We are implementing the National Action Plan for the Rational Use of Plant Protection Products, which, among other things, concerns the use of Plant Protection Products in such a way as to limit the negative consequences for pollinators,” he said.

In addition, he continued, “we are empowering our farmers through the Strategic Plan for the Common Agricultural Policy, for actions aimed at enhancing biodiversity”.

The Minister stated that in the region of Ora, agricultural activity and the natural landscape are inextricably linked to the well-being of bees, of which 75% have suffered destruction due to the fire of 2021.

He added that in this context the Ministry will submit to the Council of Ministers a specific measure to support the beekeepers of the region, through the free concession of beekeeping plants, which falls under the “Tree Planting Program with the aim of Combating Climate Change”.< /p>

Additionally, he said, beekeepers who wish to move their hives to the region, during periods of intense flowering, can take advantage of the corresponding National Support Scheme for diesel, greatly reducing production costs.

He also added that aid to beekeepers will also be available through the small investment measure for mountain communities, which will be announced in about a month for the agricultural sectors. He explained that this measure will be able to allocate funding for the installation of anti-hail infrastructure, photovoltaic systems and investments for the technological upgrade and development of the primary sector.

For her part, the Commissioner of the Environment, Antonia Theodosiou, stated that the existence of bees is identified with life on the planet and bees have always featured in myths, folk traditions and religious texts as symbols of fertility, industriousness and harmony with nature.

He mentioned that with more than 15 million years of presence on earth, bees ensure the reproduction of most of the wild/native flowering plants and also of most cultivated species, while, at the same time , are among the most important regulators of forest and agricultural ecosystems.

Mrs. Theodosiou stated that the then account of the damage from the catastrophic fires of 2021 included about 1480 beehives that were reduced to ashes, a factory with tons of honey, warehouses and laboratories with beekeeping equipment and the worst of all was the destruction of flowering, which would it took 4-5 years to return to the previous state.

He explained that without bees there is no pollination, without pollination agriculture is affected, food production is affected, soil quality is degraded with economic effects on farmers, the economy, society, the entire ecosystem is affected, humanity is affected.

Ms. Theodosiou underlined that the implementation of targeted actions for the development of the beekeeping sector is high on the Government's priorities and in this context a key pillar of policy and action of the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment is the promotion of sustainable development and the horizontal cooperation with the competent government agencies but also with the society through awareness-raising actions.

Among other things, the Environment Commissioner noted that her Office actually participates in the two-year information campaign for the protection of the bee which is carried out by the Institute of Professional Studies of UCLan Cyprus University and forges synergies with the private sector, academics and civil society, which he characterized as an essential element for environmental, social, economic, political and cultural sustainability.

Source: www.kathimerini.com.cy

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