20 May, 2020
World Bee Day, 20 May 2020
Forestry South Africa celebrates World Bee Day by making bees the focus of their new standard operating procedure
on World Bee Day, Forestry South Africa (FSA) joins a global movement
to acknowledge the important ecological role of bees and look for
solutions to help curb their dramatic global decline.
CropLife article last year provided a light bulb moment, when it
discussed the disastrous impact pesticide negligence, in an agricultural
setting, had on the bee populations in the Western Cape and how this
could have been avoided if those applying the pesticides had simply read
the label." explains Roger Poole, Chairman of the Timber Industry Pesticide Working Group (TIPWG).
for the most part, limits its use of pesticides to the establishment
phase of plantations or in meeting our legal obligations with regard to
the control of invasive weed and preparation of tracer belts for fire
the label is an integral aspect of the responsible and effective
pesticide use promoted by TIPWG. So, in celebration of World Bee Day,
TIPWG has produced a Standard Operating Procedure, or SOP, highlighting
both the global plight of bees and the importance of reading the label.
Click here, to download the SOP
"As foresters, the single biggest impact on bees' survival we can have is to always read the label when
using pesticides. The importance of this cannot be overstated, as the
label contains a wealth of information with regard to using the
pesticide including limiting non-target effects", Roger explains, "however,
we wanted the SOP to convey more than simply a message to read the
label. We wanted it to champion bees by reminding our members of the
bee's plight and conveying other simple ways the Sector could make a
difference, including forging partnerships with beekeeping organisations
and planting bee gardens"
challenging FSA members to plant bee gardens and hopes members will help
them create 20 new bee gardens across the forestry landscape in
celebration of World Bee Day.
For more information, contact Roger Poole email@example.com and visit the TIPWG website www.tipwg.co.za
Source: Forestry South Africa