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Most of Britain's honeybees could be wiped out by disease in 10 years, costing the economy £165 million a year, experts warned yesterday. Beekeepers are launching a campaign to persuade the Government to fund an £8 million research project to save the industry.

Tim Lovett, the president of the British Beekeeping Association, said: "Beekeeping is still reeling from the varroa mite, which carries a number of viruses and which devastated thousands of hives across the country when it reached Britain 10 years ago. "Now there is a real danger that colony collapse disease, which has wiped out 80 per cent of bees in parts of the US, will appear in this country. Unless we develop effective protection, there could then be massive losses of bees across the country." There are around 250,000 honeybee hives in Britain.

A recent estimate by the Department for Farming, Environment and Rural Affairs revealed that bees contribute £165 million a year to the economy through their pollination of fruit trees, field beans and other crops. In addition, sales of 5,000 tons of British honey generate a further £12 million.

Lord Rooker, the farming minister, told the House of Lords: "If nothing is done about it, the honeybee population could be wiped out in 10 years." However, Mr Lovett said the minister had since written to his association stating that there was no money available for a research programme.



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My father was a beekeeper before me, his father was a beekeeper before him; I wanna walk in their footsteps … and their footsteps were like this: [running wildly from imaginary bees] 'Aaargh! I'm covered in bees! Aah! Covered in bees!'"

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