Stating that 6 thousand hectares of pine honey forest area burned in forest fires, Ziya Şahin, Head of Turkish Beekeepers’ Association (TAB), said, “Global climate change has turned both our plants and living things upside down, in short, the biosystem has been mostly affected. It’s not just about honey production. It has turned our bees’ lives upside down. We encountered fires in July. These fires are not ordinary fires, they are extraordinary ones. It swept through Osmaniye, Mersin, Antalya and Muğla provinces.”
Şahin noted, “Due to these fires, our pine honey production areas are over. Our 6 thousand hectares of pine honey production area was burned. If there was a fire somewhere, especially if it covered all the districts and the insect burned in that year together with our honey production areas in the system created by this fire, now we can only dream of pine honey.”
‘WITHOUT BEE, AGRICULTURE SHALL DOWN’
Pointing out that the biggest supporter of the biosystem is bees and that agriculture will collapse without bees, TAB President Şahin explained, “We expressed the following in these fires in July. We said not to expect pine honey from Muğla region. Having said that, the insects on the unburned trees also died out due to the heat of this fire. This is the essence of the troubles we are experiencing in 2021, both in Eastern Anatolia, Western Anatolia and in the Aegean and Mediterranean. So fires, global climate change and an unproductive year. So what are we supposed to do? Now we need to sit down and discuss our full-fledged agriculture and animal husbandry. Agriculture and animal husbandry are our sine qua non. You cannot think of it differently. Bees are the biggest supporters of the biosystem. We need to get the bees. Bees must live. You can support the honey issue from another place. But if the bees do not survive, agriculture will collapse, our biological wealth will collapse.”
WARNING FOR WINTER!
TAB Chairperson Ziya Şahin, explaining that 85 percent of beekeepers in Turkey are migratory beekeepers and that they travel between 8-12 thousand kilometres per year, added, “As Turkish beekeeping, we need to keep the bees alive, especially during the winter period. Our wintering grounds in Antalya province were burned. Our pine fields in Muğla were burned, serious areas were burned in Mersin as the wintering area. There is an extinction in these areas of ours. On top of that, you are experiencing global climate change.”