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ALMERIA BEEKEEPERS ASK FOR 440,000 EUROS IN AID

Almeria province leads the beekeeping industry in Spain with the management of 950 farms and over 166,000 authorised hives, but if the industry is to continue to be at the forefront of the national programme it is in desperate need of funding with whic…

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There are 950 farms and over 166,000 authorised hives

Almeria province leads the beekeeping industry in Spain with the management of 950 farms and over 166,000 authorised hives, but if the industry is to continue to be at the forefront of the national programme it is in desperate need of funding with which beekeepers will be able to overhaul their facilities.

In the absence of any automatic grants or financial support beekeepers in the province have now applied to the National Beekeeping Program for relief aid amounting to 440,000 euros. These grants, which it is hoped will come from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment of the Junta de Andalucí a, will be distributed to 240 beekeepers in the province, who manage about 80,000 hives. “With these grants the intention is to improve the conditions under which production and marketing of products can be further developed resulting in a much more efficient beekeeping industry.

Up to half of the grants requested by the Almeria beekeepers, close to 220,000 euros, are for feeding swarms and the renewal of wax. A spokesman said that investment in equipment for handling and transport and for the identification of hives and frames, will swallow up the rest.

There has been an increase in holdings during the last 12 months where, according to data provided by the regional government in the province, there are 951 farms, nearly a hundred more than last year. In total there are 166 000 unauthorized colonies, compared with 157,769 the previous year.

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