On February 23, COVID-19 prevention and control and economic and social development were discussed in a work conference of Xi Jinping, and he pointed out that we should solve the problems of affecting the spring plowing, organize the production, circulation, and supply of agricultural materials to ensure that agricultural production is not misled. Previously, on February 15, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the National Development, and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport jointly issued the emergency notice on solving the current practical difficulties and accelerating the resumption of farming and animal husbandry (  No. 14), which required that “honey bees transferred from farm” should be included into the scope of emergency transportation for necessities of life, and the green channel policy should be implemented.
However, there are still many practical difficulties in the implementation of relevant policies. Recently, the department of returning to work of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) learned that: because it is still in the critical period of epidemic prevention and control, the traffic of most provinces in China have not yet fully resumed, a large number of bees cannot be transferred smoothly, and bees are facing grain shortage and mass deaths. If at the end of February, bees still cannot be transferred, all the bees in their houses will probably die, and the crop harvest will be severely damaged.
In particular, some beekeepers from Hubei who had been transferred to other provinces before the outbreak of epidemic situations and they are homeless now. CBCGDF sent the letter to Hubei Anti-epidemic Command Department to ask for support and help Hubei beekeepers to transfer bees smoothly. The letter on asking for urgent support the transfer of bees as below:
Greetings to Hubei Anti-epidemic Command Department:
Since the outbreak of novel coronavirus, Hubei Province has been carrying forward the spirit of fighting, putting the safety and health of the people in the first place, playing an important role in the fighting against 2019-nCoV. Hubei province’s fight against the epidemic work bears the hope of the whole country. The public will remember this and appreciate your dedication and sacrifice to health and life safety.
We can’t forget the development of anti-epidemic work. On the COVID-19, on February 23, Xi Jinping pointed out that when we are fighting the epidemic at key areas, we should also solve the outstanding problems affecting the spring plowing. Before that, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission and other departments also jointly issued a document, clearly require that the transfer of bees be included into the scope of emergency transportation to ensure the supply of necessities.
However, there are still many practical difficulties in the implementation of relevant policies. As CBCGDF knows, when native beekeepers returning to Hubei from other provinces, the relevant cities (counties), towns and villages in Hubei still don’t accept it and don’t issue acceptance certificates. However, beekeepers are facing the dilemma of delaying farming season and killing a large number of bees. As beekeepers’ workplaces are mostly outside the field, which will not affect the lives of other villagers, we suggest that Hubei province should try its best to assist a large number of beekeepers who are going to return to Hubei. After providing the health certificate, they quarantined themselves at the apiary. At the same time, it is recommended that all cities and counties in the province open the hotline for helping the beekeepers as soon as possible, we will allow beekeepers to transfer from inside and outside the province, ensure the implementation of relevant policies of the central government, open up a channel for beekeepers, and ensure that beekeepers can smoothly arrive at the destinations.
The department of returning to work, the anti-epidemic working group of CBCGDF
February 27, 2020
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By / Li Xue