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UK National Apiculture Programme (06/07 includes BB01001, from 07/08 part of PH02001) - BB01002

EU legislation (Council Regulation (EC) No. 797/2004) provides for national programmes of assistance to the beekeeping sector (`national apiculture programmes`), which are subject to up to 50% reimbursement by the European Commission. This EU support for beekeeping is made available to authorities in Member States. The aim is to improve the production and marketing of apiculture products, including honey, principally by alleviating the burden placed on beekeepers by varroa, an external parasitic mite that lives exclusively on honey bees. The infestation caused by the mite is called Varroosis. Measures that may be aided are:

(a) technical assistance to beekeepers and groupings of beekeepers
(b) control of varroa
(c) rationalisation of transhumance
(d) measures to support laboratories carrying out analyses of the physico-chemical properties of honey
(e) measures to support the restocking of hives in the Community
(f) co-operation with specialised bodies for the implementation of applied research programmes in the field of beekeeping and apiculture products.

Commission Regulation (EC) No. 917/2004 sets out the detailed rules to implement these measures, which are not mandatory.

Council Regulation 797/2004 came into force on 28 April 2004 and replaced Council Regulation (EC) No. 1221/97, which aimed to improve the production and marketing of honey (`national honey programmes`).

The UK national apiculture programme is based on existing bee health work carried out by Defra and the Devolved Authorities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Defra element of the UK programme focuses on helping beekeepers in England through the provision of technical assistance to combat and control bee pests and diseases, such as varroa, and through the application of applied research through field trials to control European foul brood disease using the `shook swarm` technique. The apiculture programme in England is implemented under Defra`s Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Science Laboratory`s National Bee Unit.

Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2007

Cost: £4,227,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Bee Diseases              
Bee Health              
Disease Control              
European Foulbrood              
Honey Programme              
Livestock Farming              
Varroosis (Varroa)              
Fields of Study
Plant Health