Prime Minister of Tasmania – Further infrastructure upgrades to support Tasmania’s beekeeping industry

January 27, 2022

Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

The Tasmanian government continues to support the state’s beekeeping industry through its Bee Industry Futures initiative.

A second round of funding totaling $96,789 will support nine key apiaries infrastructure projects in West and North West Tasmania.

The funding will collectively improve or maintain vehicle access to more than 4,300 hives from a range of beekeepers from commercial operators to small-scale beekeepers at the nine remote hive sites.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government understands the importance of our honey and pollination sector and the projects aim to protect access to floral resources. Most of these hives are then turned to cropland for crop pollination.

To date, the Beekeeping Infrastructure Program has allocated up to $200,000 for selected infrastructure improvements to improve access to leatherwood and other valuable floral resources on public lands.

The program is a commitment under the government’s Future of the Bee Industry Initiative, which aims to ensure that beekeepers and the industries that depend on them for pollination have a viable future.

Applications for the scheme are reviewed by the Beekeeping Infrastructure Fund Joint Advisory Committee made up of beekeepers, land managers (Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania) and the Tasmanian Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

A third round of nominations is expected to open later this year.

The beekeeping industry is an important part of the Tasmanian Government’s goal to sustainably increase the farm gate value of Tasmanian agricultural production to $10 billion by 2050.

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