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Bees ‘vital to farm economy’

February 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Crops

THE Crop Protection Association is highlighting the regulatory controls and stewardship advice aimed at protecting bees from insecticidal sprays.

Statutory controls on pesticide approval already include a specific assessment of potential risks to bees, ensuring that when approved products are used as directed there should be no adverse effects on bee health or populations.

In addition, the CPA has produced an advisory handbook – ‘Bee-Safe Bee-Careful; when using insecticides’ – with support from the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) and the NFU.

“The value of the honey bee to the UK’s agriculture and horticulture industries in terms of its ability as a pollinator is estimated to be around £200 million per year,” said CPA Chief Executive Dominic Dyer.

“Protecting bee health is vital to the UK farming economy, and we take our responsibility to ensure the safe and responsible stewardship of all crop protection products extremely seriously.

The handbook offers guidance and advice on how to protect, encourage and care for all species of bees when using insecticide sprays and seed treatments on the farm and in agriculture.

“It is part of the industry’s commitment to ensure the safe and responsible use of pesticides through such programmes as the Voluntary Initiative and the Campaign for the Farmed Environment,” said Mr Dyer.

Copies of the ‘Bee-Safe Bee-Careful’ booklet can be obtained by calling 01733 355370. They can be downloaded from www.cropprotection.org.uk.

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