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The mortality rate of bee colonies during the winter 2016-2017 in Luxembourg was 20%, which is the average of the previous years (the rate ranging from 9% to 34%).
This number comes into the debate on the use and possible banning of neonicotinoid pesticides (clothianidin imidacloprid thiamethoxam). These chemicals used in agriculture are often accused of being primarily responsible for reducing the number of bees.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, the losses in bee colonies are more due to an impoverishment of agricultural landscapes, which certainly reduced food resources during certain periods of the year than the use of chemicals in the agriculture, an action plan to increase the food resources of bees has been set up.
There are no plans to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in the Grand Duchy.
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