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CAAS celebrated World Bee Day 2020: Bee engaged


The 3rd World Bee Day virtual celebration was held on May 20th organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the government of Slovenia, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations (Apimondia).



FAO Director-General QU Dongyu, Aleksandra Pivec, Slovenia's Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food; Prof. Tang Huajun, President of CAAS and Jeff Pettis, President of Apimondia joined the event and made important remarks.


The theme of this year's celebration is "Bee engaged” with a specific focus on bee production and good practices adopted by beekeepers to support their livelihoods and deliver good quality products.


QU Dongyu said three out of four crops across the globe producing fruits or seeds for human consumption depend, at least in part, on bees and other pollinators. Pollination has a positive impact on the environment in general, helping to maintain biodiversity and the vibrant ecosystems upon which agriculture and humanity depend. FAO has been working on promoting an ecosystems approach to ensure conservation and sustainable use of resources including bees and pollinators. He called for global joint efforts to protect bees and pollinators and to preserve biodiversity and sustainable ecosystems.


Tang Huajun mentioned that China enjoys a long history of beekeeping and abundant bee resources. The Chinese government attaches great importance to the development of the bee sector. In 1958, the Institute of Apiculture Research was established in CAAS, dedicated to the research and dissemination of bee-related science and technology. The institute has made a series of achievements including establishment of the world's largest bee genebank; development of the “Zhongmi Yihao” western bee combination line with high Varroa mite resistance and high honey yield; development of a large series of healthy products such as Royal Jelly; establishment of quality control and traceability of bee products from farm to fork.



He emphasized the important role beekeeping played in China's poverty eradication. By promoting the beekeeping model for poverty alleviation with Chinese characteristics, we will be able to encourage poor households to keep bees and improve their livelihood.


Tang Huajun also called for cooperation with FAO, Apimondia, as well as apiculture researchers and beekeepers from all over the world, to share stories and good beekeeping practices, to contribute wisdom and strength to achieving the UN SDGs and to building of a community of shared future for mankind.


By Qi Yanzhou (qiyanzhou@caas.cn)