The supply of honey over the past year decreased by more than a quarter due to the massive poisoning of bees with toxic chemicals.
"An interdepartmental meeting on the integration of environmental and agrarian issues during the implementation of the Association Agreement," said Tamara Malkova, director of the Green Dossier Information Center, the agency reports.
"By the end of 2018, Ukraine left the top three largest countries exporters of honey. Supplies for the year were reduced by more than a quarter, this was the result of last year’s poisoning of bees. This year there are also poisonings of bees and we also won’t take first place," Malkova said.
She also noted that now in Ukraine the climate is suffering from greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, and agriculture must be rebuilt due to climate change and the movement of agro-climatic zones.
"Due to the loss of humus and nutrients, about 43% of the land has been depleted, which resulted in improper cultivation of plants. The temperature increase by 1 degree shifts the boundaries of agro-climatic zones by an average of 100 km to the north, and lately the temperature has increased by 2 degrees. 24 "% of greenhouse gas emissions are from agriculture and agro-production. In addition, agriculture is the largest water user in the world," Malkova said.
According to her, in order to rectify the situation in the country, public organizations need to work together with the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy to solve climate problems that are caused by inadequate management of agro-activities. First of all, ministries should finalize and adopt an agricultural sector development strategy, taking into account environmental protection requirements and international commitments, approve a government communication strategy.
Also, the solution of the above-mentioned issue should involve more actively public and joint inter-agency structures, apply effective sanctions to violators of environmental legislation and improve the system of environmental control in particular in the agricultural sector, Tamara Malkova stressed.