About fifty beekeepers in the municipality Oliveira do do hospital will receive seven tonnes of food for bees from next week, the Chamber announced today.
According to Oliveira do Hospital mayor José Francisco Rolo, the municipality’s support is aimed at “helping to promote important and historic economic activities” in the municipality, which is struggling due to food shortages and damage caused by the Asian wasp. .
“This helps not only to stimulate honey production, but also to strengthen the role of bees in maintaining biodiversity and pollinating crops, especially in rural areas,” he explained.
The municipality of Oliveira do Hospital will distribute seven tons of food to bees, starting from October 25, reaching 2,332 families made up of 53 beekeepers.
This support was provided through the Beekeepers Support Program, launched with the aim of “providing assistance to an industry that faces great difficulties due to food shortages due to climate change, which affects the normal recovery of the flora.”
Beekeepers who took advantage of the program, which included two phases of application to ensure “no one is left behind,” will also receive traps to catch the Asian wasp.
“The Municipality of Oliveira do Hospital is conducting an active public information campaign to report sightings and to control, trap and destroy the nests of this invader in an attempt to reduce the health impacts of this wasp, as well as ensuring the safety of our population and our beekeeping activities “, he concluded.
Source: The Portugal News