Beekeeping in Greece: problems and proposals. Vasilis Ntouras , President Federation of Greek Beekeepers Associations OMSE. My job and my co-workers in the field. In OMSE’s office. With and. Greek beekeeping in numbers. 1.500.000 bee colonies 17.000 beekeepers
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Beekeeping in Greece: problems and proposals
Vasilis Ntouras, President
Federation of Greek Beekeepers Associations OMSE
Honey production cost is high
Honey yield per colony and year is low
Yet, the quality of Greek Honey is unique
~6500 plant taxa
15 kgr of honey/colony/year
(forest fires, over-grazing, tourism,urbanization)
Bees that fed on crops where neonicotinoids were used,exhibit some 35-50% losses
in the following 8-month period.
Colony defensecollapsesand it becomes vulnerable to several pathogens, the way an AIDS patient is…
In 2011 and 2012 more than 10.000 coloniesdied offin Atticaand some islands,because of sprayings on palm trees with neonicotinoid insecticides approved for red beatle control
Bee colony loss is translated into livestock loss
and honey production lossand consequently
income loss for the beekeeper.
How longcan beekeepers stay in businessmaking up for the damage on their own?
How can we achieve a pollinator friendly agricultural model?
In 2012-2013 we organised 3 events in 3 cities(Chania, Nafplionand Arta)to bring beekeepers and orange growerstogether
Legal supportin EU level for
The 'bee-friendly' label should be included in the EU legislation on agricultural product quality as a quality term
Direct aid to beekeepers from the 2nd pillar of the CAP for their contribution to food production, to the environment and biodiversity
In countries like Greece where bees provide pollination, for the most part, to non-cultivated plants and beekeepers pay additional costs for moving the bees (transhumance) we request from the Community
to include in the new CAP a “pollinationsubsidy”
The 3 –year apiculture programmes (Regulation EC 1234/07) should run on
a 7-year basis in harmony with the CAP
To the GreenMEP’sfor all their efforts to support the bees and European beekeeping!