Minister of Agriculture Aleksandra Pivec: "Let World Bee Day also be a day to raise awareness about the working conditions of beekeepers and the issue of bee survival"
A formal session of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association was held at its headquarters to mark the third World Bee Day in Slovenia. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, only a small number of participants gathered at this beekeeping event, which had initially been planned to take place in Dolenjske Toplice. The participants were representatives of beekeepers, local communities, diplomats and others involved in the World Bee Day project. Minister of Agriculture Aleksandra Pivec also attended the event. In her address, she highlighted the importance of beekeeping and the role of the state in supporting this important sector.
As the initiator of the proposal to proclaim World Bee Day, the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association organised an event to celebrate World Bee Day for the third time. Speakers at the event were President of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association Boštjan Noč, Vice-President of the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations – Apimondia Peter Kozmus, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Aleksandra Pivec, Head of the World Bee Day project until its proclamation Dejan Židan, and Head of the Trial Orchard in Brdo pri Lukovici Roman Mavec.
In her address, Minister of Agriculture Aleksandra Pivec first highlighted: "Raising the awareness of the importance of bees for humanity is an important priority task which must be carried out continuously. Let World Bee Day also be a day to raise awareness about the working conditions of beekeepers and the issue of bee survival."
The keynote speaker was Boštjan Noč, President of the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, who reminded all the attendees: "Work with bees is not only work, it is a special mission." Peter Kozmus, Vice-President of Apimondia, spoke about the importance of bees: "Action is needed, so we must turn our words into actions. Onlytogether can we improve the environment. If we help bees survive, we will live in a healthier and more beautiful environment." Dejan Židan, who had led the World Bee Day project until its proclamation, also spoke at the meeting, remembering the day the journey to the World Bee Day proclamation began: "This was an extraordinary win for Slovenia and we have achieved it by acting in unison." Roman Mavec, Head of the Trial Orchard in Brdo pri Lukovici, pointed out that bees are vital for agriculture, which farmers should keep in mind and therefore be particularly careful when using phyto-pharmaceutical products.