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A BEEKEEPER has welcomed Government plans to invest pounds 10m in research to save Britain's insect pollinators.

But Jason Clegg, of Longwood, says more cash should be specifically spent on saving the country's bees.

Despite their declining numbers, bees are responsible for about 80% of insect pollination in the UK, which is essential for the survival of plants including food crops.

Mr Clegg, who has been battling Kirklees Council to keep his beehives on an allotment at Oakes, said: "It's fantastic the Government are waking up to how important bees are.

"It's an excellent move, but the emphasis has to be on bees rather than general pollinators.

"Considering the money bees generate for the economy, the amount the Government has put aside is miniscule.

"All our food crops - apples, pears, plums, peas, beans and so on - are dependant on bees.

"So pounds 10m is still nowhere near enough."

Liberal Democrat Shadow Agriculture Minister Tim Farron has also called for the Government to invest more of the pounds 10m into bee research at Sussex University.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2009
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