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ApiSlovenia hosted Bee World in Celje; "World Bee Day" website available to the public

Celje, 10-12 March 2017 – The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Dejan Židan, met on Friday with producers of beekeeping equipment who presented him with the current situation in the sector and plans for the future. On the margins of the ''ApiSlovenia" fair the Minister publicly announced the new website, meant to support the initiative to proclaim 20 May World Bee Day. On the occasion of the 40th Beekeeping Days the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food took part by exhibiting an interactive pavilion entitled "Bee World". State Secretary Tanja Strniša also attended the fair and related events.


Minister Židan met on Friday with producers of beekeeping equipment and their discussion focused on their possibilities for entering foreign markets. Recently, in connection with the World Bee Day initiative, the Government and beekeepers have been very active at the international level. Slovenia is therefore becoming increasingly recognized in the world as a country of beekeepers and a well-developed beekeeping sector.  According to the Minister, this recognisability should be capitalized as a business opportunity for the economy, tourism and, in particular, the beekeeping sector.  World Bee Day could be a good business opportunity for further penetration of Slovenian knowledge, products and equipment for beekeeping onto foreign markets.


On Friday, Minister Židan also officially presented a new website entitled World Bee Day.  The website is aimed at the general public and provides key information on Slovenia’s initiative to proclaim 20 May World Bee Day; detailed information is available via links. Once World Bee Day is declared, beekeeping organisations around the world will be able to add events to the website and share their vision of beekeeping with other countries.  The event was also attended by the President of the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations Apimondia, Philip McCabe, and the President of the Slovenia Beekeepers’ Association, Boštjan Noč.


An apiculture fair entitled “ApiSlovenia" is the largest annual meeting of domestic beekeepers and is joined, in growing numbers, by beekeepers from abroad.  An exhibition is set up just before the start of the beekeeping season, when beekeepers make their purchases for the upcoming season. The event is organised by the Slovenia Beekeepers’ Association and the Celje Fair (Celjski sejem). ApiSlovenia saw the presentation of MAFF with the interactive  "Bee World" pavilion, which was attended by many visitors. On Saturday the ‘"Bee World"  was also visited by the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Miro Cerar. 


On the margins of the fair in Celje, State Secretary Tanja Strniša attended the final event of the EKO-PAKET project, organised by the Ekošola programme. The project promotes the proper treatment of waste cardboard packaging for milk and juices, in particular among young people, their pre-school teachers, school teachers and parents. Through proper folding, separate collection and disposal of waste packaging we prevent packaging from ending up among the remaining waste and we enable the recycling and re-use of secondary raw material for the manufacture of new products, such as paper tissues.  In this context, the State Secretary stressed the important role of the Ekošola programme in raising awareness among children and young people about healthy lifestyles and care for the environment. State Secretary Strniša also participated in the consultation organised by the Eco Civil Initiative of Slovenia (ECOCI), entitled "Is self-supply a fashion trend, market opportunity, or a must for the future?"  The State Secretary and the other guests discussed the importance of self-sufficiency for the country and its people and existing supports in place for them.  The State Secretary emphasized that only sustainable self-supply provides a basis for a society’s security and survival. In the afternoon the State Secretary attended the 4th international conference of beekeeping organisations, entitled "Transfer of beekeeping knowledge into practice", organised by the  Slovenia Beekeepers’ Association. On this occasion she presented the activities of MAFF, which has been preparing an international beekeeping school project in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, beekeepers and professional institutions. The international beekeeping school project would enable a transfer of the exceptional knowledge of the Slovenian beekeepers to beekeepers from other countries, especially those from third countries that are fighting against food shortages and where technological improvements in beekeeping would help reduce hunger.