Thursday is B.C. day of the honeybee

Day of the Honey Bee celebrates 156 years of B.C. beekeeping

  • May. 28, 2014 1:00 p.m.


May 29, will be declared the Day of the Honey Bee in B.C. by  Minister of Agriculture Norm Letnick, to recognize and celebrate how  beekeeping in B.C. has grown from May 1858 when two hives arrived in  Victoria Harbour into an industry that has a $250-million-a-year  agricultural impact today.


There are more than 2,300 beekeepers throughout B.C. operating as a  hobby, part-, or full time business with about 47,000 colonies, and as  many as two billion bees. Bees play a key role on B.C.’s fruit, berry,  and canola farms, with approximately $250 million in agricultural  production dependent on honey bee pollination every year. Crop  pollination by honey bees supports agricultural production in Canada  worth over $1.5 billion per year, and $14 billion per year in the U.S.A.





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