$500,000 funding to help Ontario's beekeepers better manage pests
Through a targeted intake under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the federal and provincial governments are investing up to $500,000 to help beekeepers make improvements to better manage pests such as Varroa mites, diseases and other stressors and to grow their bee-related business.
Under this special application intake, beekeepers will be able to apply for funding to support the following:
- Equipment to prevent the introduction and spread of disease and increase overwinter survival of bees
- Sampling and analysis for pests and diseases to increase adoption of integrated pest management and other best management practices
- Business supports to help beekeepers grow their business
- At 23 per cent, Ontario’s average overwinter bee colony losses for this past winter were down significantly from the 2017-18 winter, based on beekeepers’ responses to OMAFRA’s spring 2019 survey. ■