Bees

There are more than 2000 beekeepers registered with Biosecurity SA and approximately 68,000 hives in South Australia.

The value of honeybees

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. South Australia is estimated to produce in excess of $11 million worth of products, primarily high quality honey.

The honeybees 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.

Australia wide, the average economic value of honeybees as pollinators of agricultural and horticultural crops has been calculated at $14 billion. For South Australia, the value of crops pollinated by honeybees is estimated at $1.7 billion.

Beekeepers

In South Australia, any person who keeps honeybees must register as a beekeeper every 12 months.

Bee health

More information

Michael Stedman - Project Coordinator, Apiaries
Phone: (08) 8429 0872
Mobile: 0408 812 698
Email: michael.stedman@sa.gov.au

Teagan Alexander - Bee Biosecurity Officer
Phone: (08) 8429 2170
Mobile: 0439 864 382 
Email: teagan.alexander@sa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed: 22 Feb 2018
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