Exciting news came today from our provincial apiculturalist.
The government of Nova Scotia has announced the formation of the “Atlantic Technology Transfer Team for Apiculture (ATTTA)”. The intention is to facilitate best practices in both the province’s beekeeping and blueberry industries. It appears the long-term goal is to double the current number of hives in the province used for pollination.
Atlantic Canada is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of wild blueberries. For the industry to continue to expand, the number of commercial bee colonies will have to more than double to 100,000 hives by 2025. This project team will support improved productivity in the wild blueberry and beekeeping and pollination industries by helping regional beekeepers expand hives and increase hive density to meet the increasing demand for pollination in wild blueberry fields.
- The Government of Canada and the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are investing $355,000 in the team through Growing Forward 2, a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial policy framework to advance the agriculture industry.
- Industry organizations that are contributing another $54,000 to the two-year project are, Bleuets NB Blueberries; New Brunswick Beekeepers Association Inc.; Nova Scotia Beekeepers’ Association; Wild Blueberry Producers’ Association of Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island Wild Blueberry Growers Association; PEI Beekeepers’ Association; Oxford Frozen Foods; and Jasper Wyman and Son.
See the news release below.