Australia: Honey bees are the only means of making honey, but think if a country decides to kill only bees, there might be a bigger reason behind it. Something similar is happening in Australia. More than 60 lakh bees have been killed there so far. This decision was taken by Australia because the parasitic virus made from honey is currently spreading in Australia.
According to the information, millions of bees are being killed to save the honey industry in Australia. According to media reports, a parasite called the varroa mite is being spread in honey by viral bees. This virus has proven to be the most lethal to bees. which weakens the bee. This parasite sucks the blood of bees, and cripples them so they can’t fly.
This parasite called Varroa mite has spread in the south-eastern part of the country. The varroa mite is a sesame-shaped parasitic insect that attacks beehives and damages the bees. These parasites are reddish-brown in appearance. This pest is enough to destroy beekeeping. It is spread from one bee to another bee or from one place to another through equipment used in beekeeping.
According to reports, thousands of bees have been destroyed in Australia’s New South Wales and beekeepers have been asked to be vigilant. According to an estimate, if this virus spreads, the honey industry alone will suffer a loss of $70 million i.e. about four billion rupees. Besides, floriculture and fruit cultivation are also expected to suffer heavily as at least one-third of the country’s food production depends on pollination by bees.
Not only this, this parasitic virus has harmed bees in all countries of the world. The varroa mite was previously found in Asia, Europe, America and New Zealand. This parasite has caused heavy damage in Europe. Wherever the virus has been found, entire colonies of bees have been wiped out. Its effect is so dangerous that it weakens the bees it clings to, causing new bees in the colony to be born crippled. It is being said that this virus will disappear only when the bees are gone.