The mass death of Russian bees linked to the loss of crops and rising food prices


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The mass death of bees, recorded in several regions of Russia, in the near future could lead to serious consequences. About this newspaper “Izvestia”.

According to the President of the Russian national Union of beekeepers Arnold Butov, the death of the insects was where sown canola. “This is about 15-20 percent in each region”, — he said, the amount of possible damage he did not say.

Booth has also suggested a possible shortage of honey: the expert suggests that production could be reduced by 15-20 percent. “Already restored the beehives need to be inspected: if a bee brings nectar to hive, it is necessary to strictly check the quality of the remaining in the hive of honey — it will be harmful to humans,” he warned. Major retailers — X5 Retail Group, Dixy, “Bag” and “Ribbon” — assured that the honey they provided to the extent necessary.

The Association of retail companies (ACORT), “Izvestia” reported that the shortage of honey is the least of the problems. The Association pointed out that the pestilence of bees can cause yield reduction of crops. “They pollinate almost all the fruit crops, plus oilseeds and cereals, the same sunflower or buckwheat, plus melons and many more. The price increase will depend on the crop failure — it is impossible to predict until the beginning of ripening crops”, — said the interlocutor of the edition. He added that a poor harvest entails a rise in prices due to the need for additional logistics costs and import purchases.

The mass death of insects recorded in a number of Russian regions in the summer of 2019. In particular, such cases were observed in the Udmurt Republic, Mari-El, Lipetsk, Saratov, Ulyanovsk, Kursk areas, and also in the Altai region. The head of the National Association beekeepers and processors of pcheloprodukty Alfir of Mannapov estimated that the losses could reach one trillion rubles. The Ministry of agriculture announced that to draw conclusions about possible damage while early.

Rosselkhoznadzor said that the situation is getting worse. According to experts, this may be due to the uncontrolled use of pesticides in the processing field.

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