Agriculture Ministry Takes Proactive Measures to Ensure Park Safety Amidst Beehive Concerns

April 04, 2024:-  In a recent assessment conducted by technical officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF), it was discovered that Palmiste Park harboured seven beehives. Upon evaluation, three of these hives were identified as posing safety risks to park users, necessitating immediate action for their removal. Two hives were deemed high-risk and subsequently removed, while one hive was earmarked for relocation to a private Apiary under the care of a beekeeper.

As we continue to monitor the situation, we advise individuals enjoying any public space to exercise caution, as is common in any outdoor environment. Visitors are encouraged to consult the Ministry’s website for comprehensive information and tips on how to handle bee encounters.

The Ministry deeply values the crucial role bees play in our ecosystem and is dedicated to their preservation whenever possible. Our approach to bee management prioritises collaboration with beekeepers and the safe relocation of hives. Killing bees is always considered a last resort, and our specially trained crews respond to complaints from individuals impacted by bees, assessing the risk posed and evaluating accessibility to the hives before determining the appropriate action.

We appreciate the public’s concern for bee welfare and remain committed to fostering partnerships with beekeepers and communities to safeguard these essential pollinators. Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, reaffirms our dedication by allocating all necessary resources to address this matter. “Ensuring the safety of our citizens is paramount, and our Ministry will continue to monitor the situation at Palmiste Park. Recent events highlight the importance of proactive measures. Bee stings can have serious consequences, particularly for those who are allergic. We are committed to working diligently to ensure the safety of park users. Let us all exercise caution and prioritize safety in our recreational activities.”

For further information or assistance, please visit the MALF website or contact us directly.

 

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