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Economic Evaluation of Defra's Bee Health Programme - ER02012

In addition to the production of honey and wax, bees can play an important role in the pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops and wild plant species. The economic value of this pollination service is, however, difficult to estimate. The UK beekeeping sector consists of some 35,000 amateur and about 400 commercial beekeepers. International trade in bees is allowed under Single Market rules, and the 1994 GATT Uruguay Round Agreement obliged member countries to allow this kind of trade unless threats to animal or plant health could reasonably be shown.

The objective of the English bee health programme is to reduce the risk of introduction and spread within England of serious bee diseases. Disease controls are governed to a large extent by national bee health legislation and EU Veterinary Checks Directives. An important area of concern has been the health of bee colonies faced with the parasitic varroa mite. A Statutory Infected Area for varroa currently covers the whole of England and Wales and most of mainland Scotland.

This evaluation will consider the nature and strength of the rationale underlying the case for public sector involvement in the area of bee health and will assess MAFF's performance in relation to its policy objectives, making recommendations. Information from the research will be used to inform the future development of MAFF policy in this area.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Economic Evaluation of Defra's Bee Health Programme   (494k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2001

Cost: £25,463
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Agriculture and Food Chain              
Bee Health              
Economic Policy Evaluation