Pollution has dropped so much, due to confinement by the coronavirus pandemic, and spring has brought such good rains that the fields are “bursting with flowers and life.” With this, the food of the bees is everywhere and a honey harvest of double that expected last year is expected.
This has been said in an interview with the Efe Agency by the young Toledo beekeeper Alberto Martín, who explains that, within all the bad that COVID-19 has brought, something good “should have” and has been the decline so strong pollution that benefits the field and has caused the hives to be “full”.
Since the state of alarm was decreed, there have been no planes or cars or “Sundays”, which the countryside has been grateful for, and that, together with the spring precipitations “raining when it had to rain and how it had to rain”, has brought “an explosion of life”.
“It is being a spectacular spring, lifelong beekeepers do not remember one like this,” says Alberto, who adds that there has been such a wide flowering that honey production will be more than double that of last year.
The hives are so full that the swarms were leaving and this year Alberto and his partner have received enough more calls from firefighters to remove them from some of the areas where they landed, but there were so many bees in the hives that “they needed go out”.
It is “spectacular”, acknowledges Alberto Martín, while contrasting the situation this year with previous ones in which the complaints multiplied because the bees were disappearing due to climate change, “the plants could not breathe.”
Keep in mind, he says, that thanks to bees, “75% of the plants we eat” are pollinated, but the bees were disappearing due to pollution, pesticides and pesticides, and climate change.
The stoppage of contamination, he continues, has brought a considerable increase in the population of bees and, with it, an increase in the pollination of plants in the environment that leads to greater biodiversity and flora.
“There should be a hive in every town,” says this “lover” of bees, who adds that “thanks to them we eat 75% of the food we take to the plate.”
This weekend, Alberto and his partner are planning to harvest honey and, from what they see, the production will be more than double compared to last year, and that despite the fact that in recent weeks it has been cold and rained, and bees have had to consume a lot of honey to feed.
There have been large producers who, in this circumstance, brought the harvest forward and took all the honey, but Alberto and his partner have preferred to wait, to let the bees be able to feed well even if it supposes a decrease in production, but it is more sustainable, ” We do it with the future in mind. “
Alberto has 110 beehives and his partner, an older man, with another hundred, in the Madrid towns of Villa del Prado and Navas del Rey, and the two lend a hand in the tasks.
In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, in February, they launched their honey company, the brand ‘Miel castiza’, which they presented to both the shops in the area and on social networks and, for the moment, “is really enjoying it”, although they hope a takeoff as you move to the next stages of deconfusion and you can return to normal.
It is “natural and raw honey one hundred percent Spanish, untreated and without mixture”, highlights Alberto, who explains that the product only goes through a filtering of impurities from the hive before being packaged.
They have honey of four varieties: flowers, rosemary, thyme and chestnut, and “they are all good, but the chestnut is spectacular”, highlights the young beekeeper.
Esther García Martín