Minister of Agriculture assures bee situation being addressed

April 02, 2024:-  The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF) is deeply concerned about the recent incident involving a swarm of bees at Palmiste Park, San Fernando, on Easter Monday. The bees injured several individuals who were enjoying recreational activities at the park.

Upon receiving reports of the incident, the Ministry mobilized a team from its Regional South Administration Office to assess the situation and assist the affected community. The safety and well-being of the public, particularly in recreational spaces where families and individuals gather for leisure activities, remain our top priority.

In light of the incident and subsequent safety concerns, the Bee Abatement Unit of County Victoria (Regional Administration South Division) conducted a surveillance exercise. The exercise identified seven (7) hives within the park premises that have the potential to pose further harm to park users if disturbed. Given the serious risks associated with bee stings, citizens are urged to exercise caution and avoid the park until further notice.

These hives are located in trees at heights of 10 m (30 feet) or more. The MALF has been collaborating with the San Fernando City Corporation (SFCC), and arrangements have been made to address this imminent threat to public safety.

Technical teams from MALF and the SFCC are scheduled to return to the site tomorrow (April 3, 2024) and commence activity at 8:30 a.m. MALF’s bee abatement unit will remove accessible hives and conduct abatement activities on those hives that are difficult to access but pose a high risk to park users.

Citizens are advised to heed the authorities’ warning and refrain from entering the park until further notice. Furthermore, it is essential to exercise due vigilance and refrain from disturbing the bees if using the park. The safety of our citizens remains our top priority, and we appreciate the cooperation and understanding of the public during this time.

Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, emphasises the importance of public safety in light of this incident:

“I urge all citizens to heed the advice of the authorities and avoid entering Palmiste Park until further notice. Bee stings can cause serious injury or even death, particularly for those who are allergic. We are taking proactive measures to address the situation and ensure the safety of park users. Let us all exercise caution and prioritise safety in our recreational activities.”

 

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