|Wooden containers for bee raising were destroyed. — Photo vnexpress.net
QUANG NGAI (VNS) — Dozens of local people have destroyed many honey bee farms over several days in Binh Son District in the central Quang Ngai Province.
The people said the bees were killed as they were destroying paddy fields and vegetable gardens.
Bui Thi An, the owner of a bee farm, told the Vnexpress.net that on Sunday she received many threatening phone calls, asking her to move the farm out of An Khuong Commune in Binh Son District.
The callers threatened to set fire to the farm and spray chemicals to kill the bees.
"About 20 young people had come to destroy the farm and spray chemicals to kill many bees the previous night," An said.
Some persons even threatened to kill the owner and the workers of the farm.
The farm of Le Van Toan also faced a similar situation. Many wooden bee containers, worth several million dong, were destroyed.
The local government had allowed bee farms to be set up. But the local people thought the bees were destroying their paddy fields.
Although the beekeepers explained that it was not so several times, the bee farms continued to be attacked.
The local government has asked the police to investigate and take measures to control the situation, Vice-Chairman of Binh An Commune's People's Committee Le Quoc An said.
This year, the number of bee farms has jumped to 11 from a handful last year, An said.
The commune had never seen so many bees, so the local people were afraid the bees would harm their crops, An said.
Last July, bee farms in Nghia Lam Commune in Tu Nghia District were destroyed.
Dozens of young men attacked bee farm owners and asked them to give compensation for the loss of their paddy fields which, they thought, had been destroyed by bees.
In fact, agricultural experts have said honey bees do not cause any harm to rice crops. — VNS