CANADA - Pollination by honeybees is vital to the existence of many British Columbia crops and paid pollination services are increasing in demand.
Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, has announced support for the establishment of a commercial beekeeping program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
This program helps to meet this demand and will provide access for students to enter the beekeeping industry.
In addition, the program will offer courses in bee botany that crop producers can enroll in to learn how to improve their yield.
The Government’s investment will strengthen local agriculture by creating new economic opportunities and increasing the potential income of farmers.
Industry representatives will work with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to develop curriculum and create the unique classroom space necessary for proper apiculture training.
In the ten month program, students will learn about bee hive care, bee disease management, food safety, bee botany, processing, packaging and marketing, and bee business planning and growth.
- The Harper Government will provide $140,000 in funding provided through the Western Diversification Program towards the establishment of a commercial beekeeping program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
- Honeybee pollination in B.C. is responsible for over $200 million per year in agricultural production, with $65 million coming from the pollination-dependent blueberry industry.
- The program will accommodate up to 16 new commercial beekeepers each intake. The operations of 16 commercial beekeepers will support over $6 million in B.C. agriculture production.
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