Climate change affected the flora beekeepers
Hoping for a good winter and spring in Elazig and waiting for a record in harvest beekeepers.This year, too, he did not find what he hoped for. Events such as untimely winds, sudden rains, extreme temperatures and hail due to climate change adversely affected the vegetation and honey production accordingly.
As in the rest of the country, this year, there were rainy winter and spring months in Elazig. With the drought and dust transport experienced last year, the lowest yield of the last 10 years and this year is very hopeful.beekeepers did not find what he expected. While there were adaptation problems in endemic plants due to climate change, meteorological events such as untimely winds, sudden rains, extreme temperatures and hail negatively affected the plants. In parallel, this situation negatively affected 1,100 beekeepers operating with 100 thousand hives in the city. While 6 to 8 kilos of honey is taken per hive, a yield of 500-600 tons is expected.
“We did not find what we expected at the honey harvest point”
Elazig Beekeepers’ Association President chemist Fırat Canbay stated that 12 kilograms of honey should be taken per beehive when looking at the average of Elazig, “This averages around 15 kilograms in Turkey. Last year, we achieved a yield of 4 to 6 kilograms per beehive in this region. This is reflected in the yield in the region. It was around 500 tons on average. We entered the honeymoon season this year as well. It is no different from last year. Just as last year was bad, we do not expect much from milking this year as a result of negativities. We had a beautiful winter season.It was a very positive development for the industry. The spring months also developed really well. However, we did not find what we expected at the honey harvest point we arrived at.
“Our beekeepers are experiencing the impact of climate change”
Noting that the honey harvest has started in the region, Canbay said, “As a result of the information we have received in the field, we see that there is a yield in our region this year, almost parallel to the previous year. We get an average yield of 6 to 8 kilograms per hive. In terms of harvest, we will purchase honey of around 500 to 600 tons in this region. When we look at how it has come to this point, our beekeepers are experiencing the impact of global warming on climate change. Because when we say beekeeping, it is a profession in contact with nature. No matter how hard the beekeeper puts his effort into the work, there is a 75 percent effect of nature. In order for the plant in nature to produce nectar, all conditions must mature. When we look at the honey plant in this region, it has focused on an endemic plant. For years, beekeepers have obtained their honey from these endemic plants. Currently, there is an adaptation problem in the plant. In particular, our beekeepers have been yielding from these endemic plants without any problems, but in recent years, there have been serious problems in obtaining products. The climate change brought about by global warming includes all the extreme events that occur in meteorology. Especially untimely winds, sudden rains, extreme temperatures, these have negative reflections on the vegetation in nature. No matter how good the bee is, the source of the honey is the plant,” he said. Especially untimely winds, sudden rains, extreme temperatures, these have negative reflections on the vegetation in nature. No matter how good the bee is, the source of the honey is the plant,” he said. Especially untimely winds, sudden rains, extreme temperatures, these have negative reflections on the vegetation in nature. No matter how good the bee is, the source of the honey is the plant,” he said.
“We had the best spring in 25 years, but when it came to honey season, it was the opposite”
Levent Kenkul, who is a beekeeper with 340 hives, said, “The milking season has started. Spring season has been very good this season. As beekeepers, we were all very hopeful. It was seen as the best year of recent years. We had the best spring of 25 years in beekeeping. But when it comes to honey season, it’s the opposite. It is the worst honey season in 25 years. In the spring, the bee was content with how much honey it brought. At the beginning of the season, a rain washed the hailstone flower. It did a great deal of damage. After that damage, the bee couldn’t get anything from geven and other vegetation. The year was not good either. Last year the spring was not good, the honey season was good. This year it was the opposite. Now the honey season is bad, the spring has been good. The climate has not been good in recent years. We said in the spring that we will break a record. That it will be the best in 25 years. While everyone was waiting with that hope, we became the opposite corner.”