• Pippa Hackett

Bee Health on World Bee Day

As Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), this week I visited the DAFM Bee Health laboratory at the Backweston Campus in Co Kildare as part of the celebrations of World Bee Day, 20 May 2021. The Department provides a bee health service, free of charge, facilitating the early detection of pests and pathogens which is key to maintaining healthy stock of bees in Ireland.



I am delighted to see, first hand, the important work that DAFM undertakes to support our bees and our beekeepers. DAFM’s free bee health diagnostic service is an important part of the supports that are in place for bee health. This service works in conjunction with the Department’s research programme into pathogens and pests that affect the health of Ireland’s honeybee population.

Minister Hackett is wearing a laboratory coat and a face mask and is listening or speaking with a person who has their back to the camera but is also wearing a lab coat and mask


You can read the full Press Release and more on the Bee Health Laboratory on the gov.ie website here