20 May 2021
As World Bee Day is celebrated, Australian beekeepers and farmers are reminded to protect our precious pollinators by using the updated and improved BeeConnected app.
Chief Executive Officer of CropLife Australia, the national peak industry organisation for the plant science sector, Mr Matthew Cossey, said, “Australia continues to have one of the healthiest honey bee colonies in the world. BeeConnected is an award‑winning and globally recognised example of what the Australian plant science and agriculture industry is doing to keep it this way.”
The Chair of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council, Mr Trevor Weatherhead AM, said the organisation is proud to partner in such an innovative tool that enables beekeepers and farmers to work together to promote efficiencies and collaboration.
“The importance of bees and other pollinators cannot be taken for granted. Honey bees enable up to $14.2 billion of the Australian economy annually. BeeConnected aims to give beekeepers an assurance that farmers and spray contractors are committed to a cooperative approach as they all go about their work.”
Mr Cossey continued, “BeeConnected is a crucial part of CropLife’s Pollinator Protection Initiative and another example of the plant science industry’s commitment to protecting the significant role pollinators play in Australian agriculture and the environment more broadly. The initiative provides resources for Australian farmers to ensure that pesticides are used responsibly and in a manner that minimises risk to pollinators, something our members are deeply committed to.”
CropLife Australia, in partnership with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council, launched BeeConnected in September 2014. The second version of the app was released in early 2021 featuring significant improvements following user feedback.
Mr Weatherhead continued, “BeeConnected helps to improve communication and collaboration between farmers and beekeepers to reduce the risk of exposure of bees to any product used as part of normal farming practice that may have the potential to negatively impact their health.”
Mr Cossey concluded, “With one in every three bites of food made possible by pollinators, that’s something we can all celebrate this World Bee Day.”