The number of beekeepers and hives in Luxembourg has not stopped growing since reaching a historic low in 2013.
In 2018, the government recorded 407 beekepeers who tend to a whopping 5,778 hives in April, a number which is expected to rise to 6,582 in November, according to figures published by agriculture minister Fernand Etgen in response to a parliamentary question from MPs André Bauler and Max Hahn.
The winter of 2012-13
It marks an all-round positive progression since 2013, when there were just 291 beekeepers and 3,510. That year saw a winter loss of just over a third of the bee population in Luxembourg, the minister revealed.
“There are several explanations for this resurgence. Following the losses during the winter of 2012-2013, national and regional beekeeping organisations have made efforts to remedy the situation,” Etgen wrote, adding: “A particular effort was made to recruit and train beekeepers.”
The national federation of beekeepers also hired a professional apiculture advisor, with ministry finances, to give theory courses at a national level.
“If in the past the problems of bee deaths discouraged a number of beekeepers, it appears that media coverage of these problems has had the effect of encouraging more people to try beekeeping. For a lot of these people, the ecological aspect overrides the economic aspect,” the minister wrote.
Beekeeping in the capital is now a growing trend, with beekeepers keeping hives on the rooves of KPMG, the Sofitel Luxembourg Europe hotel and in several public parks, among other locations.
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