WAFarmers Beekeepers Section represents the commercial beekeepers in the state. The Beekeepers Section meets four times per year to deal with state and national policy issues affecting beekeepers in Western Australia.
The Beekeepers Section have developed and maintained partnerships with the media, key industry bodies and government representatives, allowing WAFarmers to strategically advocate on behalf of members. WAFarmers Beekeepers Section endeavors to work with other beekeeping organisations throughout the state to form an umbrella organisation. Executive members are represented on the the Bee Industry Council of WA ensuring that views of commercial beekeepers are maintained. BICWA was formed to enable the industry to present a united front, representing the interests of all beekeepers, be they commercial or hobbyists.
The Beekeepers Section is a state representative body that has membership to the national peak body, the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council. National representation around the table is of paramount importance for the future sustainability of the bee industry which is in a unique position on a global scale.
WAFarmers Beekeepers Section membership starts from as little as 80 cents per day, a very reasonable investment in ensuring your voice is heard on all apiary issues, enabling positive changes that will benefit your daily beekeeping activities.
On a daily basis, the Bees Council represents apiarists on a wide range of industry issues including:
- Access to public land for beekeeping and land clearing concerns;
- The impact from prescribed burning on native forest resources;
- Apiary site rentals, permits, distances between sites and locations;
- Honey bee and pollination biosecurity and quarantine protocols;
- Diseases, pests and chemicals;
- Husbandry management and genetic improvement;
- Bee nutrition and extension;
- Research, development and investment;
- Consumer education;
- Industry promotion and education; and,
- State and national representation.
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