Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 24, 2007 14:21 ET

Canada's New Government Invests $136,582 in Ontario's Honey Bee Industry

LONDON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 24, 2007) - Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced $136,582 for two projects that will benefit the Ontario Beekeepers' Association.

"Canada's New Government is proud to invest more than $136,000 in two projects that will help the industry address the unexplained losses in the bee population and support the long-term sustainability of the industry," said Mr. Preston. "This support for the Ontario Beekeeper's Association means that important research can be done, which could help beekeepers in future years."

Over $105,000 is being provided to test methods to control the infestation of the hive beetle in honey bee colonies in Ontario. The project includes investigating the potential impact of environmental residues on honey bee hive products, and studying organic beekeeping management techniques.

The Ontario Beekeepers' Association is also receiving over $31,000 in funding to study honey bee colonies that sustained high winter losses this past year to determine if there is a common cause for the higher that normal colony mortality rate.

"These projects will help the industry deal with this year's bee losses and develop management techniques for a range of issues affecting beekeepers," says Brent Halsall, president of the Ontario Beekeepers' Association.

Funding for these projects is made available through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program. In Ontario, ACAAF is administered by Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) under their CanAdvance program.

"These projects will help to strengthen the apiculture sector and build a more sustainable honey bee industry in Ontario," said Fred Wagner, AAC Board Member.

To obtain more information on the AAC, please visit www.adaptcouncil.org. More information on ACAAF is also available online (www.agr.gc.ca/acaaf).

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Agricultural Adaptation Council
    Angela Stiles
    Executive Director
    519-822-7554
    or
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Ted Yeomans
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059