New Policy Framework for apiary sites on public lands
The NSW Government is developing a new whole-of-government policy framework for the management of apiary sites on public lands, including State forests, National Parks and Travelling Stock Reserves.
The framework will establish consistent arrangements across these tenures and support industry growth and development through:
- An allocation system via an Expression of Interest (EOI) process that promotes and rewards best practice management;
- A fee structure that takes account of the role of apiculture in supporting agricultural industries through pollination services;
- Permit terms that provide certainty of tenure for up to 10 years, while balancing the interests of apiarists within the industry; and
- Development of a central online portal that will simplify administration and improve access to information.
The Department of Primary Industries is leading development of the framework in consultation with industry and relevant agencies, including Forestry Corporation of NSW, Local Land Services and the National Parks & Wildlife Service. Details of the framework will be determined over the coming months, with implementation in 2017.
More information will be available shortly.
Honey bees play an essential role in agriculture, not only producing honey and beeswax but also pollinating a vast number of food crops.
Beekeeping is a unique primary industry, depending on native flora for about 80% of its production. Nectar and pollen are produced seasonally and beekeepers must often move their hives large distances to be successful.
NSW DPI's role is to provide support to the apiary industry through the provision of extension officers, research scientists, diagnostic laboratories, beekeeping courses and regulatory services. See Primefact 902 NSW DPI services to beekeepers for more information.
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