WA beekeepers enjoy sweet export growth

West Australian apiarists are enjoying a 50 percent rise in exports to Canada, with almost 40 million honey bees exported in the past month alone.

Canadians are keen to get their hands on Western Australia's boisecure bees, which are free from exotic diseases, thewest.com.au reports.

The big bee export happens once a year when Canadians prepare for the warmer months when bees pollinate canola and blueberries and kick off their honey production.

Canadian honey bees are often kept indoors through their winters but some don't survive the cold, so healthy WA bees are added to the mix.

Canada's demand for new bees ties in with WA's marri honey season, with this year's being the best in decades for growing bee numbers.

Despite the growth in exports, the deal is only worth about $265,000 with the bees bringing in $60 per kilogram.

DAFWA director of plant biosecurity, John van Schagen, said the export sales were a great endorsement WA's bees.

"The health of our bee industry and its freedom from important exotic diseases, including European foulbrood, small hive beetle and varroa mite, is a major factor in the Canadians choosing WA to supply bees," he said.


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