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By now many of you will have received a package of information in which there is a "Honey Bee Producer Guide to the National Bee Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard". This document is the culmination of a coperative effort between beekeepers, Provincial Apiarists, and CFIA. This tool will provide practical guidance, tidbits of information for beekeepers to keep in mind in order to assist them in ensuring their operations minimize the threat of disease, pests, pathogens and parasites. It represents an important step in the growth of the industry as it recognizes the importance, and the vulnerability, of the bekeeping industry in Canada. The Government of Canada should be congratulated for investing in our industry in such an important way. It is hoped that beekeepers take the time to review the information and adopt those practices that are relevant to their operation. If you would like a copy of the Guide, please see the press release below.
OTTAWA, May 8, 2013: Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced the release of a national biosecurity standard designed to protect bees from pests and disease today.
The standard offers a consistent national approach to biosecurity and is applicable to bee operations of all types and sizes.
“Protecting bee health is important to safeguarding the bee industry and the Canadian agricultural industries that depend on it,” said Minister Ritz. “The value of the honey and bee products industry is substantial, and many other valuable crops are reliant on pollination by bees. Canada has seen rapid growth in pollination-dependent crops such as fruits and vegetables. In fact, approximately $2 billion in agricultural products rely on bees.”
“Healthy bees contribute to a healthy economy,” said Minister Ritz.
“The development of a national bee biosecurity standard is the culmination of a cooperative effort on behalf of the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the industry,” commented Rod Scarlett, Executive Director of the Canadian Honey Council. “It represents an important step in the growing awareness and contribution of the apicultural sector to Canadian agriculture.”
The National Farm-Level Bee Biosecurity Standard was developed through a partnership with the honey bee, bumblebee and alfalfa leafcutting bee industries and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). It was developed in collaboration with producers, industry associations, academia, and provincial governments. Funding was provided by the Growing Forward policy initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
To request an electronic copy of the standard or to learn more about biosecurity, visit the CFIA’s website at www.inspection.gc.ca/biosecurity.
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