‘Local beekeepers should form formal group to progress the industry’ – Ruane

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015
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Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has said that beekeepers across South Down should form a formal group in order to progress their industry. Speaking after meeting beekeepers from across South Down Ruane said, “Bees play an important part of the natural cycle of our pollination as well as producing local natural honey. “However, over the past few years bees have been in decline and beekeepers have found it hard to maintain their industry. “I arranged a meeting with beekeepers and DARD officials to explore ways to encourage, sustain and support bee keeping in the area. “During a lively discussion we explored a number of ideas in order to progress, including a meeting with DARD minister Michelle O’Neill which I will speak to the minister about. “Chris Hazzard MLA spoke to beekeepers of the benefits of getting organised into a formal group to progress their ideas and ambitions quoting successful examples like the South Down Hill farmers and Fisherman’s task-force in Ardglass. Ruane added, “I will continue to meet with the local beekeepers in order to see this small industry develop in the months and years ahead.”

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