This has been a ‘Golden Year’ for bees in Albania, thanks to coronavirus lockdown
Bee keepers in Albania are saying that the bee populations have been particularly thriving this year, thanks to the decrease in pollution levels and lesser spraying of pesticides due to the lockdown measures enforced due to the spread of coronavirus.
“It’s a golden year for bees,” says 68-year-old Gezim Skermo, a beekeeper at the Morava bee farm in Albania.
During his 50 years in beekeeping, Skermo says he has “never seen a season like this,” hailing it as “rebirth for nature and the bees”.
The beekeeper attributes the sudden buzz to the coronavirus measures. The restrictions have brought quiet, cleaner air and less pesticide-spraying from farmers.
“This year we didn’t have any losses, unlike in previous years when we found dead bees in front of the hives,” said Skermo. “There was no noise, no pollution, nothing that could disturb them”.