The Western Australian apiculture industry is recognized for its high quality honey, and beeswax products.
History shows the West Australian apiculture industry included:
- Production of about 3,000 tonnes of honey with an estimated farm gate value of A$12 million,
- Exported about 30 per cent of the States annual honey production
- Approximately 845 beekeepers with around 34,000 beehives; and
- The majority of the beekeepers are amateurs owning fewer than 50 beehives and some 150 commercial or semi-commercial beekeepers who own more than 100 beehives.
- The Western Australian beekeeping industry has access to the State’s famous pristine forests and coastal wildflowers, which are essential for honey production and sustainability of the industry. These areas are free from chemical contamination, which ensures that Western Australia has some unique floral resources resulting in the ability to produce honeys that are not found elsewhere in the World.
- Apiculture industry in Western Australia is committed to quality assurance and ensuring that products are clean, safe and free from chemical contamination. This commitment offers the apiculture industry a distinct trade advantage in exporting honey, beeswax, bee pollen, package bees, nucleus beehives and queen bees.
- Several initiatives have been introduced to maintain quality standards and to ensure the State’s bees remain free of bee diseases. A surveillance and monitoring system has been established with funding assistance from the bee industry - Beekeepers Producers’ Committee (APC).
- A national surveillance program is used at ports to monitor ships and cargo for exotic bees. A state surveillance program is used for inspection and monitoring of apiaries. Early detection of potential threats allows Western Australia to maintain its productivity and quality assurance. The disease free status provides an advantage for the export of hive products, package bees and queen bees.