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Slovenia enthuses world bee-keepers

Istanbul, 1 October 2017 – Between 1 and 3 October 2017, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, mag. Dejan Židan, is attending Apimondia, the 45th Congress of the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations, which is taking place in Turkey. Today, on the first day of the visit, Slovenia organised a reception for foreign delegations at its exhibition site. In his address, the Minister thanked the delegations for their support of the proposal to declare 20 May World Bee day at the FAO Conference in Rome this July, and asked all delegates to support the initiative when voting on the adoption of the resolution at the United Nations in New York in December.

On the first day of his visit, Minister Židan attended Apimondia, the Congress of the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations, held in Istanbul. He received several foreign delegations of ministers and bee-keeping representatives at Slovenia’s exhibition site, where the World of Bees pavilion was the central attraction. The exhibition area, which was designed by the Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, and the Slovenian Tourist Board, was also visited by Philip McCabe, President of Apimondia, who thanked the Minister, Slovenia and its bee-keepers for dedicated support and activities in apiculture. President McCabe and Minister Židan stressed the importance of combating counterfeiting, in which Slovenia made significant progress years ago and successfully removed all counterfeit products from shelves as a result of inspection supervisions.


When addressing foreign delegations, Minister Židan emphasised that we are aware in Slovenia that there would be no life without bees. “We know that every third spoonful of food depends on pollination.” He also informed the audience of Slovenia’s bid to organise the Apimondia Congress in 2021, and asked them to support Slovenia in its endeavours. 


This year’s Apimondia Congress in Turkey is important for Slovenia in the light of the final phase of discussing the initiative to declare 20 May the World Bee Day, particularly from the viewpoint of Slovenia’s bid to organise the International Apiculture Congress in 2021, which would also result in significant tourist and other economic effects for Slovenia. At the Apiculture Congress, Slovenia features an interactive pavilion, 'World of Bees', which is one of the central communication tools for raising awareness of the importance of bees, pollination and subsequent prevention of hunger in the world.


On the second day of his visit to Turkey, Minister Židan will meet Dr Ahmet Eşref Fakıbaba, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, and Dr Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Forest and Water Management, in Ankara. The bilateral meetings will focus on enhancing cooperation in the fields of agriculture, rural development and forestry, which arises from bilateral agreements on cooperation (memorandum of cooperation between the ministries and the Slovenia/Turkey Strategic Partnership) and the conclusions of sessions of the Slovenian–Turkish Joint Economic Commission.