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Protests force relocation of Nui Thanh bee farms

Update: August, 18/2015 - 14:23
One of the Le Loc Quang's bee boxes was damaged by local residents. — Photo vnexpress.net

QUẢNG NAM (VNS) — Several bee farms in Tam Son Commune in the central Quang Nam Province's Nui Thanh District have been shifted for fear of damage, a local official said.

Some more would be relocated in the coming days, Chairman of People's Committee of Tam Sơn Commune Huỳnh Hùng said yesterday.

Hùng said over the past few days, local residents had ‘attacked' bee farms, saying the bees were ruining their crops.

According to the provincial agriculture department, local authorities held talks to explain the benefits of bee-keeping activities, but the residents did not co-operate with them. The residents threatened to take serious action if the bee farm owners continued to stay in the area.

"More than 40 people came to smash the bee-keeping boxes on August 8, as they were afraid the bees could harm their crops. They threatened to return and damage the farm if the farm owners did not shift to other places," Lê Lộc Quân, the leader of a bee-keeping team in the commune, told vnexpress.net.

Quân said dozens of people came to damage the bee boxes and spray insecticides to kill the bees in his farm.

Quân said his company operated bee farms in several provinces, but the local people there had never complained about it.

"It is hard to move out a great number of beehives as we have just moved to this area," he said. — VNS

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