China has made millions of dollars from bee pollen and other natural products, but the country’s biggest beekeepers say it’s not helping the country meet its food needs.
Read moreRead moreThe Beijing-based Bee Industry Association says it is working with China’s agriculture ministry to create a national bee pollinator strategy to reduce the amount of pesticides used in agriculture and increase access to natural products.
The Bee Industry Council of China said the pollinators’ work will help reduce the global demand for pesticides and improve crop yields.
It said in the first five months of the year, China had lost around 2.3 million tonnes of natural products and more than 1.2 million tonnes from pesticides and insecticides.
The country has the world’s second-largest bee population, with around 300 million bees.
China is also a major supplier of honey, and the Bee Industry Union of China is pushing for the government to set up a bee pollination hub in the capital, Beijing.
The bee-focused initiative is a joint initiative of China’s Bee Industry and the bee trade, and will be led by Beijing’s chief pollinator adviser, Wang Jiaqiang.
The council’s president Li Donghua said the strategy will be presented in February, and that beekeeping will be one of the top priorities.
The organisation also aims to build a bee-friendly infrastructure in China and to promote a more humane beekeeping industry, the Bee Trade Union of Great Britain said in a statement.
“The Bee Trade and Bee Industry have long advocated for a national system of beekeeping and we believe that the bee-pollination strategy is a very big step forward,” the statement said.
“This is also an opportunity for China to further develop its bee-intensive industry, and to create the environment for more bee-dependent countries to grow economically and have a better future.”