Objective 2: Increase the productivity and profitability of beekeepers (20%)
Prices paid for honey have not kept pace with production costs. This has forced beekeepers to change beekeeping practices to strive to maintain their economic viability. Income diversification including new product development is an area which could increase profitability.
Increased productivity could be achieved by improvements in bee genetics, best management practices and industry benchmarking.
Objective 3: Increase understanding of the role of flora in honeybee management (20%)
Honeybees collect nectar and pollen from native flora. Honeybees can also deliver pollination services to horticulture, agriculture and native flora. There is a need to better understand the role of flora in honeybee management and the role of the honey bee in native ecosystems.
The beekeeping industry depends on native floral resource for about 70% of its honey production. Access to native flora continues to be a major issue facing the industry. Continued adequate resources are vital to sustain a profitable and productive honeybee industry.
Objective 4: Promote extension, communication and capacity building (15%)
The Honeybee Advisory Committee has effective linkages with industry, the research community, relevant community groups and government departments. These linkages are important for the efficient management of honeybee research - defining objectives, developing priorities, evaluating results, applying research findings as well as promoting extension, communication and capacity building.