In Lazio 64 thousand colonies of bees, a heritage now protected by a law

Lazio is the sixth Italian region for the number of beekeepers (4,103) and the ninth region for the number of bee colonies (63,990, of which 53,622 hives and 10,368 swarms). A respectable natural capital, which is worth at least 14 million euros and which generates at least another 100 (million / year) guaranteeing productive increases in agriculture, through pollination, and other ecosystem services: biodiversity, sustainability, landscape, culture. The Plv (gross salable production) of the sector must then be considered, which, among honey and other hive products, has an estimated value of at least 3.5 million euros. To rattle off the data is Raffaele Cirone, national president of the Federation of Italian Beekeepers, who believes that the new regional law in Lazio “restores dignity to those involved in beekeeping”. In fact, Pisana recently approved the unified text ‘Provisions for the safeguarding, enhancement and exercise of beekeeping’ which updates the regional reference legislation dating back to 1988.

“Until now, the Lazio Region has been lacking a regulatory instrument for this sector and this lack could not be further perpetuated”, explains to Adnkronos Valerio Novelli (M5S), president of the Agriculture and Environment Commission of the Lazio Regional Council. of the new law, reminds “that the protection of the bee as guardian of the environment and biodiversity is its cardinal principle. Protecting bees means protecting ourselves, the next generations and the future of the planet. We have focused on safeguarding the ligustica honey bee which is our native bee, and for this reason we have provided regional funding for beekeepers who intend to switch from hybrid bee farming to ligustica bee breeding “. The text provides regional courses for those who approach the world of beekeeping and incentives for beekeepers who have already started their own business.There is also the inclusion of the figure of the beekeeping expert who will act as a link between beekeepers and the Lazio Region.

As regards the resources deployed, Novelli specifies: “We have set up a specific fund for the protection and enhancement of beekeeping for both the current and the capital account. This means that the fund can also be increased by the next ones. regional budget laws. To date, for the current part we have provided for an allocation of 130 thousand euros for the years 2022, 2023 and 2024 and 200 thousand euros in capital account for the years 2023 and 2024 “. The institution of the beekeeping expert, undoubtedly, will help the sector. “My political action in recent years has always moved with a view to simplification and even in this law, attention could not be lacking in this sense – underlines Novelli – The beekeeping expert, in fact, represents the real link between the world of beekeeping and institutions, such as Arsial or the Zooprophylactic Institute. He is a figure who will technically support beekeepers and will carry out rolli on beekeeping. It will be directly Arsial which is, in fact, the regional agency for development in agriculture, to take care of the training of the beekeeping expert. We have approved a wide-ranging law, focused on the ecological transition and the development of the beekeeping sector which is a fundamental segment of the regional economy ”.

Commenting on the new law in Lazio to Adnkronos, Cirone says that “according to the Fai-Federation of Italian Beekeepers, the text does justice to a sector which, despite having a rich and glorious tradition, had not yet achieved the right level of attention from the institutions. . Now this measure – also thanks to two legislative proposals that have been integrated into a far-reaching text – restores dignity to those involved in beekeeping and directs the sector towards the structuring of a production chain “.

“The new regional law – adds Cirone – acknowledges the national framework law no. 313/2004, containing ‘Discipline of Beekeeping’, with a delay of almost twenty years. It is a legislative vacuum that Lazio pays with a heavy erosion of the genetic heritage of the Ligustica bee, the Italian bee that now finally wants to recover and protect. The main criticalities are therefore linked to the need for an urgent restoration of the lost ‘biodiversity’ share: 40% of the samples of bees in Lazio do not comply with the standards of the national autochthonous bee. Finally, beekeeping is no longer an activity for amateurs in disarray: climate change and other adversities – pathologies, predators, production and market difficulties – require new skills and high professionalism. The future of beekeeping in Lazio is now in the hands of beekeepers, who fortunately have created in recent years a community well aware of the need to act inspired by the mod ello ‘beehive’: only united will it be possible to overcome the critical issues and achieve the objectives that will make Lazio return to the top of the national rankings “.