Britain hands £150k foreign aid to beekeepers in Kyrgyzstan – and YOU’RE paying the bill
It comes after similar handouts to snail projects and schemes looking after giant salamanders
Whether you agree we should, or should not, help folks in far away lands, one thing is clear! To help other you need to be in a position of strength.
When I read this article I pondered upon the US initiatives and financial assistance in place and how it varies state to state.
Then I pondered upon the financial assistance UK commercial and hobby #beekeepers receive.
However! In the UK, there is no financial assistance or incentives whatsoever! That’s right, nada, zilch, not a bean!
It could be considered shameful that publicly funded UK government bodies, do not assist UK beekeepers, yet the very same organisations appear content, seemingly tasked with, sending £10’s of MILLIONS overseas, for projects that include #beekeeping.
The likes of DEFRA provide online record keeping which is voluntary, in real terms, a pad and pencil would provide much the same. So less of a selfless service, more of a government-sponsored monitoring tool, serving DEFRA’s agenda.
At the very least, wouldn’t it be fantastic if foreign AND UK beekeepers had equal share of the UK’s publicly funded handouts…..
Britain has given £150,000 in foreign aid to an Asian beekeeping project under a bizarre scheme which has funded snail projects and fish sustenance.
The two-year programme was handed the cash through the Darwin initiative, led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
It has dished out £126 million to nearly 1,000 similar schemes since 1992 – and British taxpayers are footing the bill.
The beekeeping project helped 60 young herders in Kyrgyzstan learn the trade, reports The Sun.
But it’s not the weirdest idea funded under the Darwin initiative.
The programme has also given a quarter of a million to snail projects in India, Malaysia, Nepal and Laos – as well as £300,000 to look after the giant salamander population in China.
Tory MP Philip Davies said: “This is the type of spending that brings overseas aid into disrepute.
“The public thinks overseas aid is to help countries and people who have suffered natural disasters.
A Government spokesman said: “Looking after the planet on which we all depend is in our national interest and the right thing to do.”