Ontario beekeepers call for more action on pesticides
Bees collect pollen from flowers in Matthews, N.C., on Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, May 2, 2014 1:52PM EDT
The Ontario Beekeepers' Association says the province needs to take more steps to address the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the beekeeping industry.
The new beekeeper compensation program is intended to provide financial compensation to mitigate beekeepers' losses from pesticide poisoning and other issues facing honey bees.
But the group says the program falls far short of the economic reality of major colony loss.
It says actual costs are estimated at 500 dollars per hive, while the provincial program pays 105 dollars per hive.