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Bee Day 2024: Can fruit growing sector survive without bees? 

To recognise the pivotal role of bees in the fruit growing and farming sectors, today the world is celebrating Bee Day 2024.

Public warned to be ‘increasingly vigilant’ and report Asian hornet sightings   

The public and UK beekeepers have been warned to keep watch and report any sightings of Asian hornets this summer.

£80m scheme ‘won’t support’ growers in time

Critics say government funding for growers doesn’t go far enough to support those hit by extreme weather and rising costs.

MPs demand support for farmers hit by flooding

MPs are calling on the government to invest in new schemes to support farmers in delivering natural flood defences, restoring woodland, and creating new natural flooding preventions.

Blueberry diversification spreads risk for arable farmers

In a bid to build a sustainable business for their children, arable farmers Peter and Zoe Mee diversified into growing blueberries in 2014 – and have since installed their own packhouse and introduced a range of blueberry products made from waste fruit. Deputy editor Sarah Kidby spoke to the family to find out more.

Mental health first aider encourages more talk

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Helen Hook, who volunteers as a mental health first aider, is encouraging those who are struggling to talk and and stay active.

Fruit growers ‘delighted’ with PM’s announcement

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement to boost the fruit and veg sector, fruit growers have been ‘delighted’ with the £10m boost.

Farm to Fork summit 2024 : PM to boost British fruit and veg sector

‘The UK needs to reduce its reliance on overseas fruit and vegetables and back British producers’ Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says as he sets out his blueprint for the Farm to Fork Summit 2024.

British strawberry delays will be ‘worth the wait’

Strawberry producers say despite the delays, the fruit will be bigger and juicer this year.

The importance of pollination

Good pollination has multiple benefits for orchards, but is it being overlooked given the widespread popularity of self-fertile varieties and pressure on margins? Fruit & Vine asks the experts for their advice.

Rural communities need more mental health support

Mental health for rural communities still needs greater support from the government, said Sarah Dyke MP as we enter Mental Health Awareness Week.

NIAB launches membership service for vineyard managers and staff

Members of NIAB’s new service will be the first to benefit from emerging, innovative research.

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