Saskatchewan beekeepers to receive $1 million in AgriRecovery support

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Saskatchewan is joining other provinces in offering AgriRecovery support to beekeepers who suffered suffered high colony losses in 2022.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay and his Saskatchewan counterpart, David Marit, announced the launch of a $1 million AgriRecovery program for beekeepers in the province on Tuesday. Saskatchewan joins Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario in providing disaster relief to beekeepers who lost bees and income last year.

The funds will address losses exceeding 30 per cent in honeybee colonies across Saskatchewan in 2022 due to dry conditions, colder than normal overwinter temperatures, and higher incidences of varroa mite activity.

“Beyond their obvious economic contributions through honey production and crop pollination, bees have a unique natural role as the unsung heroes of not only the agriculture industry but the ecosystems in which we live and work,” noted Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission president Nathan Wendell. “This support is greatly appreciated, and will assist impacted provincial beekeepers as they continue to rebuild their operations, restore the viability of their colonies and resume their important contributions to a balanced and thriving environment.”

Saskatchewan is home to about 100,000 honeybee colonies, which produce almost 20 million pounds of honey each year, according to the province.

AgriRecovery programs are funded on a 60/40 basis between the federal and provincial governments.

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