Tocal is soon to be home to a million-dollar honey bee program.
The program has won state funding to breed queen bees with superior honey production, disease resistance and pollination performance.
The apiary is expected to have 250 hives, a honey extraction plant and equipment to allow for instrumental insemination of bees.
For Elizabeth Frost, Honey Bee Industry Development Officer, based at Tocal Agricultural College, the investment is exciting for both the industry and the environment.
“We are very lucky that in Australia we don’t have the (destructive bee parasite) Varroa mite, but we’re at a tipping point in terms of pollination,”