New funding of more than $800,000 was announced by the federal and Nova Scotia governments on August 13 at Glenmore Farms in Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. The funds will support the health and productivity of the honey bee sector in Atlantic Canada to help pollinate wild blueberries in the region.
The project, led by the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture (ATTTA), is taking a regional approach to honey bee research in order to meet the pollination demands of the wild blueberry industry in Atlantic Canada. The project will help improve honey bee colony health, monitor and manage pests and diseases, improve overwintering success and promote biosecurity techniques for the sector.
Nova Scotia is collaborating with the federal government and the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island to provide more than $700,000 of the total project costs under the Pan-Atlantic Agriculture Project Partnership Initiative (PAPPI).
An additional investment of $125,000 is being made through the Regional Collaborative Partnerships Program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership that supports the collaboration of two or more provincial/territorial governments on projects to address shared priorities.
"Perennia's focus is transferring technology, sharing information and skills development,” says Lynne Godlien, CEO, Perennia. “This is a project that covers all those bases in two sectors that are key to the future success of Nova Scotia agriculture – beekeeping and wild blueberries. Having the apiarists as part of our team strengthens Perennia and allows us to support the project as the project team has access to all our specialists and professional services for all their needs.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada August 13, 2019 news release