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Challenges ahead for “celebrity” Cape honeybee

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp The Cape honeybee might have global celebrity status in the insect world, but there are many challenges to secure the future of this “famous bee variety” and sustain its contribution as an apex pollinator in the Western…

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Pollination pricing 2023

The Western Cape Bee Industry Association, the WCBA, is not issuing a recommended tariff this year for members hiring out their beehives for the pollination of agricultural crops. The WCBA has, instead, advised its members to negotiate individually with farmers.…

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This extract serves to unpack the intensive year-long beekeeping management required to prepare for pollination as presented at the pollination webinar on 31 May 2022. Deciduous fruit, berry and seed plantings are expanding rapidly each year, driving the need for…

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Western Cape pollination tariff for 2022

The Western Cape Bee Industry Association, the WCBA, has approved a new recommended pollination tariff of R 1 121.00 (plus VAT) for the 2022 pollination season. Local and international factors, such as high inflationary pressures, the lingering economic effects of the…

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Pollination and the deciduous fruit industry

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp The deciduous fruit industry is almost totally dependent on a healthy honeybee population and a viable beekeeping industry. It is therefore important that beekeepers and the industry regularly engage and share future challenges and growth projections. Mariette…



Pollination for deciduous fruit orchards is almost over, and soon hives will disappear from orchards until next year. Every year’s pollination is different. This year, with the excellent rains, the veldblomme are showing spectacularly, which often makes bees less interested…

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