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    You've heard about 'the bee decline' now hear about the bee farmer decline.

    'The bee farmers are as under threat as the honeybee'. Hmmnnn .... does that mean that bee farmers are not really under threat at all then?!

    Murray McGregor: in most other European countries bee farmers are heavily supported by the state in various ways.

    'We'd like to see far more support for the professional bee farming sector.'

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj8q

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    I on the other hand would like to see less!

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    Surely the agument would be if it's not an economic proposition don't do it
    Find a job doing something else

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    Ok........ why? What issues do you have with people wanting to or doing pro beekeeping?

    Discuss.

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    No issue with people wanting to do pro beekeeping. Issues with huge subsidy for them to do it. Issue with continual imports.

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    Sorry but the import issue and bee farmers is not always on the same sheet. There are loads of amateurs who love imports. Further and this may be heresy but AMM is not perfect. More I can say this with some confidence as I have been on both sides which is more than many can claim. LOL

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    You maybe didn't hear in England about the Scottish Government's award of 200,000 to bee farmers to "restock" after their "terrible losses" in last year's "bad winter". That's 200k worth of imports as far as I can tell. Slightly more than your average amateur is bringing in. Naebody's saying AMM's perfect Polyhive (at least not on this forum). Just that it's more worthy of funding and breeding effort than foreign strains. Not sure why 200k of taxpayers money should be going to the queen breeders/package producers of Slovenia or elsewhere. I hesitate to say more as we have gone over this at great length during the last months when you weren't around.

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    Hi folks

    I think a poll on whether you are in favour of subsidies for bee farmers YES or NO would be interesting
    This could be linked back to some of the discussion threads if that would be useful

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    Go for it DR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    Hi folks

    I think a poll on whether you are in favour of subsidies for bee farmers YES or NO would be interesting
    This could be linked back to some of the discussion threads if that would be useful
    There are so many ifs and buts its not a simple poll.
    For instance, IMHO if British beefarmers were operating on a level playing field then my answer would be NO, there shouldnt be any reason for them to get subsidies, but patently the situation is far from a fair and level playing field with competition in the honey market coming from countries where bee farmers do enjoy substantial subsidies and/or lower costs of living.
    I imagine a similar poll conducted in ten years time when most of our current beefarmers will have retired and the financial rewards too slim to attract many newcomers, then the results would be an overwhelming YES.

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