Beekeeping boom for NSW

Published: 26 May 2021

Funding support for the beekeeping industry will keep queen bees buzzing and help restore thousands of bee hives destroyed from the 2019 to 2020 bushfires. 

Honey Bees working hard in the spring sunlight.

The 2019 to 2020 bushfire season destroyed over 9800 hives, with another 88,000 suffering heat and smoke damage.

Aiming to create a hive of activity in the state, the NSW and Australian governments will provide $1.9 million in funding for apiary projects. This will include:

  • an audit of NSW government-owned land for suitable bee sites
  • establishing pollinator-friendly plants in rural NSW
  • upskilling beekeepers by subsidising courses in biosecurity and queen breeding
  • establishing a ‘Honey Library’ by profiling the unique chemical composition of NSW honey
  • researching projects on new honey markets and enhancing forest and bee health for high-value medicinal honey.

Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall says identifying public land that can be used for hives will help increase honey production.

“We will also lead the development of a ‘Honey Library’ to help identify the unique profile of NSW honey to ensure provenance as well as protect the high-quality reputation of the state’s industry," Mr Marshall said.

Learn about the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package.

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