The use of pesticides in agriculture causes considerable damage to bees. The so-called dropleg is supposed to help. But that costs money. Who pays for it?
Wachtberg (dpa) – So that fewer bees come into contact with pesticides when collecting nectar, the German Beekeeping Association is demanding extensive subsidies for spraying technology in agriculture that is gentle on insects.
The so-called dropleg technique could lead to the damage to bees and other insects from the use of pesticides being reduced, said the President of the German Beekeeping Association, Torsten Ellmann, of the dpa.
With Dropleg, the spray system is lowered. The agents are not injected from above, but from below via drag hoses. This means that the active ingredients should only come into contact with leaves and plant stems and not in flowers. The catch: the farmer no longer harvests fruit as a result, so the investment is not economically worthwhile for him.
The federal government is promoting the acquisition of new injection molding machines that have the drop-leg function. However, according to Ellmann, farmers do not receive any money for retrofitting older machines with the technology. He thinks that is wrong, after all, this is where the greatest potential lies. An existing federal funding program for environmentally and climate-friendly technologies – the “Farmer’s Billion” – should also apply to dropleg retrofitting, according to Ellmann.
According to estimates by the Beekeeping Association, Germany has around 1.1 million bee colonies, which are very important for the pollination of plants in nature. Active ingredients from chemical pesticides cause problems for insects, disorientation and other effects lead to the death of many bees.