JOSÉ MARÍA MORELOS, (Infoqroo) .- Mexican specialists investigate the long-term effects of the "toxic cloud" that caused the spraying of a habanero-pepper field and, in the first effect, killed at least 15 million bees, which endangered the honey harvest the following year of the beekeepers of the ejido La Candelaria, in the municipality of José María Morelos.
The toxic cloud that left behind the use of fipronil, a chemical marketed under the brand name Regenet 4SC, which would be used to rob the plantation of habanero pepper in the ejido of La Candelaría in the municipality of María Morelos, could have long-term effects on other insect species such as butterflies, spiders, wild bees and even bats, which are pollination species of the Mayan jungle.
As we have pointed out in time, the beekeepers of the municipality of José María Morelos, in the Mayan zone of Quintana Roo, refused a businessman in Yucatecan because of causing the mass deaths of thousands of bees, the loss of the honey harvest of the second semester and generating compensation for more than two million of pesos.
More than 300 beehives, of 18 beekeepers in the Ejido Candelaria, municipality José María Morelos, were struck by the businessman, who used a very toxic chemical to rob his land and plant habanero-pepers, which caused the deaths of hundreds of people . thousands of bees within a radius of four kilometers away.
The first reports of the massive death of bees were made on Wednesday 8 August for the Mexican Civil Council for Sustainable Forest Nursery (CCMSS), the Yucatan peninsula, which was given the task of traversing each of the affected plantations in a way and directly that continue to cause problems almost two weeks after the fumigation, even though they are further away from the affected area.
The La Candelaria ejido is located in the municipality of José María Morelos and so far there are 18 directly affected farmers, awaiting the judgment of the agricultural authorities and the results of the analyzes that were carried out to know the steps to be followed.
For the time being, the outlook is uncertain and devastating because everything points to affected hives that are polluted and can not be reused. They must be burned to prevent any kind of affection in the future.
According to the beekeeper Laureano Pech is the season of honey extraction from January to July and in September, depending on the rainy season.
Aurora Xontalpa Aroche, professor and researcher at the Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo (Uimqroo), based in the municipality of José María Morelos, explained that they have gone to various academic institutions and non-governmental organizations to investigate the case because feared is that the disorders persist for several weeks and even that there are consequences for human health.
The tests, he explained, were sent to the delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa), the State Committee for the Development and Protection of Animals and also to Mexico City, next to the Faculty of Veterinary from the UNAM.
The samples that are raised by veterinarians who perform their social services and others who graduate and who come from other universities are wax, honey and dead bees, as well as land and plants of habanero pepper cultivation.
According to him, there is much concern in the community and practically throughout the municipality, because the majority of ejidos devote themselves to beekeeping and fear of residual soil, the loss of pollinators, the economic impact, not only with established beekeepers but also with young people. who started their own business and because of the permanent toxicity that could affect humans.
For the specialist, it is difficult for beekeepers to save the next harvest, because they have to start all over again with the purchase of the beehives, which means a significant investment for the farming economy, and wait for the bee populations to be able to recover to large scale to produce honey.