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If the flowers on the acacia trees freeze over, Boštjan Noč, the president of the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association, says one third of the beekeeping season will be lost. Foto: Čebelarska zveza Slovenije

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Frost causes major concern for beekeepers

It could destroy one third of the beekeeping season
20. April 2017 ob 20:24
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

Fruit growers, wine growers and hop growers are not the only ones in fear for their harvest. If the flowers on the acacia trees freeze over, Boštjan Noč, the president of the Slovenian Beekeepers' Association, says one third of the beekeeping season will be lost.

"The acacia tree represents one of the key bee pastures in a big part of Slovenia. At the moment it's too early to tell what the later pastures will be like, so beekeepers are very much in tears while waiting to see how the weekend will unfold," says Noč.

"I know that in certain parts, like for example in the Primorska and Prekmurje regions, beekeepers are totally dependent on the acacia. So, if there is no acacia in the Primorska and Prekmurje regions, the whole beekeepers' season will go to waste... ", he added.

While fruit growers and other plant growers, with the help of meteorological warnings, have the possibility to protect their harvest from sudden cold weather shocks, beekeepers can only watch to see what happens with the bees' first pasture of the year.

Jerneja Drolec, Radio Slovenija; translated by K. J.