Friday, 17 July 2009

It pays to have a hobby

BEEKEEPERS unite for the pollination of Northern Ireland’s plants. No, it’s not another silly season story.

Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew revealed in written answers that DARD’s Bee Health Strategy will be published at the end of 2009 in response to concerns over bee numbers.

She also revealed that while there were no so-called commercial beekeepers, there were 1,000 hobbyist beekeepers here. So, firstly hobbyists are excellent lobbyists in that they get their issue on the agenda and get action, and secondly what happens to all that honey? Is it not sold? And if it is sold is that not a commercial activity? Commercial hobbyist lobbyists – makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

No bees – special or otherwise – were available for comment.

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