Bee farmers facing threats for stumbling onto ganja

The days of harvesting Barbadian wild honey may be numbered as prospectors are reporting increasing danger from marijuana cultivators.

Bee farmers say more and more they are stumbling upon ganja plots resulting in threats to their lives.

One farmer told Barbados TODAY as recently as October last year, he was chased by a group of men after happening upon a marijuana patch while looking for the sweet stuff in a forested area in St Joseph.

The increasing danger has prompted President of the Barbados Bee Keeping Association (BBA) David Small to advise against searching for wild honey.

Small said those interested in the honey business should become beekeepers instead.

“If you hear of something that is going on, why would you put yourself in a position of compromise? We understand that people in Barbados want to make an honest living but that is why I would encourage anybody to keep bees rather than going in areas that you don’t know about. The only way I would do it now is if the hive is right by the side of the road,” Small said.

The BBA head told Barbados TODAY while he had never stumbled upon marijuana plantations, he was once sternly warned against entering a forested area by a group of guys who were apparently keeping an eye out for their illegal field.

Small added that since there was no fundamental difference in taste between honey produced by bees in the wild and that produced by bees raised on a farm there was no reason for people to take undue risks.

“There is no difference at all because in Barbados we do not feed our bees. For instance, I do not feed my bees, I let [them]act as if they are in the wild; I just provide a safer environment for them. So the same things they eat in the wild is the same things they eat on the farms, so there is no big difference in the taste of the honey, so there is no need to go risking your life.”

Meantime, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Agricultural Society James Paul is advising those who discover marijuana plots in the wild to notify the police immediately.

“I think they need to give the information to the police so that they can deal with the matter. If they know where these things are then they need to provide the information to the police so that the police could act on the matter. If they don’t share the information with the police then how could they expect police to help them? I would also like to say that the police should respond in a timely manner,” Paul stressed.

5 Responses to Bee farmers facing threats for stumbling onto ganja

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince January 5, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Geez ???

    Reply
  2. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt January 5, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Freaky bee farmers

    Reply
  3. Helicopter(8P) January 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Police in Helicopter aaahhhh waaaahhh!

    Reply
  4. jrsmith January 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    This is only happening because they are getting away with crime in barbados, also catching criminals giving them community service , and they carry on as usual while decent people getting they lives threaten…. That ganga growing is going to increases to very serious crime in barbados wait and see…
    hope their is lots of money pilling up when people start to fall ill …..

    Reply
  5. North Point January 5, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    its a sad state of affairs when it comes the bee farmers being threatened by drug planters, fight back, set the bees on them.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *