Beekeepers 'must report disease'

Jersey's Environment Minister will have to be told about any outbreak of diseases affecting bees in the island, under new laws.

The island's colonies have been badly threatened by a disease called foulbrood, which affects honeybee larvae and can devastate hives.

Now the rules have changed so that beekeepers must report outbreaks immediately.

The minister has the power to order the destruction of infected hives.

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