There are more than 2000 beekeepers registered with Biosecurity SA and approximately 68,000 hives in South Australia.
Honey production contributes about $11 million to the South Australian economy with the value of pollination services estimated at $550 million.
In South Australia, any person who keeps honeybees must register as a beekeeper every 12 months.
The European honeybee contributes directly to the Australian economy, responsible for the production of in excess of $101 million in products including honey, beeswax, pollen, royal jelly, venom and package bees. Its most significant contribution is in pollinating agricultural and horticultural crops.
In Australia 65% of all plant based industries depend to some extent on honeybee pollination. Plant industries most reliant on honeybee pollination include almonds, apples, cherries, blueberries, lucerne and clover.
A series of industry information sessions will be held across the State in April and May about the latest in biosecurity best practice with changes to the Livestock Regulations 2013 to take effect on 19 April.
Further information and to register for a session.
Information for beekeepers
- American foulbrood
- European foulbrood
- Protecting honey bees from pesticides
- Small hive beetle
Teagan Alexander - Bee Biosecurity Officer
Phone: (08) 8429 2170