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Agri ministry launches initiative to address bee farmers’ pesticides concern

Published:Saturday | September 28, 2013 | 8:25 AM

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has launched a joint initiative with several agencies and institutions aimed at addressing the impact of certain pesticides on the honey bee industry.



Farmers have been expressing fears about the potential negative impact of Neo-nicotin-oid pesticides on their hives, which could result in the collapse of bee colonies.



Neo-nicotin-oids are used in Jamaica on a number of crops to manage pests.

In a statement this afternoon, the ministry said a proposal is being drafted to address the matter through a multi-agency approach.



It will involve the Pesticides Control Authority, the National Environment and Planning Agency, the University of the West Indies, chemical companies and the ministry.



The proposal is expected to guide the way forward to enable the Pesticides Control Authority to make informed decision regarding the best option for reducing any potential impact on the bee-keeping industry.





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