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Parliamentarians of the Far East will ask the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources to prohibit the cutting of linden

Parliamentarians of the Far East will ask the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources to prohibit the cutting of linden
Photo: press service of the Zakduma of the Khabarovsk Territory

Participants in the general meeting of the parliamentary association “Far East and Transbaikalia” adopted an appeal addressed to the Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia, Dmitry Kobylkin, to ban linden cutting in the DFO regions. Parliamentarians believe that harvesting this type of wood is detrimental to beekeeping.

The ban on timber harvesting in the Amur and Manchurian lindens, as well as the lindens Tak was abolished in 2007 by a new edition of the Forest Code of Russia. Now beekeepers are sounding the alarm, as linden is one of the main honey-bearing crops of the Far East.

According to the press service of the Zakduma of the Khabarovsk Territory, the Legislative Assembly of the Primorsky Territory initiated the consideration of the issue. Its chairman, Alexander Rolik, said that in the territory of Primorye, the permitted amount of linden billet was about 170 thousand cubic meters, while the actual volume in 2017 was 950 thousand cubic meters. According to the data of the Far Eastern Customs Administration, about 26, thousand cubic meters of raw linden wood, was exported. This is almost 12 times the 2016 of the year.

The colleague from the Primorsky Territory was supported by the chairman of the parliamentary association “Far East and Transbaikalia”, the speaker of the Khabarovsk region Zakduma Sergey Lugovskoy. He stressed that the issue of preserving linden is topical for the region: the parliament has repeatedly received appeals from beekeepers who complained about cutting wood at the apiaries.

“In the Khabarovsk Territory, beekeeping is carried out by residents of 11 districts, of course, they are concerned about logging, which is often conducted near roads, which is why beekeepers in search of linden are forced to go deep into the forest. It is necessary to work out clear, understandable rules for forest use, because in the countryside there are not so many opportunities for self-employment, and beekeeping in the region is on the rise, ”said Sergey Lugovskoy.

He also recalled that in June of this year Zakduma of the Khabarovsk Territory adopted a law on support of beekeeping, which will allow beekeepers to participate in competitions for grants from the regional budget. Now in the region there are officially 600 beekeepers. Last year, they collected 600 tons of honey, over the past three years, its production volumes increased by 60%. This type of economic activity is also popular among the owners of “Far Eastern hectares”: 34 of the site is provided for beekeeping, citizens use 117 of sites for collecting honey.

This year, the regional agricultural fund purchased equipment for the veterinary laboratory, which allows you to explore the quality of honey in ten directions. The certificate of quality is needed for the export of honey to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, including China.