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Honey Grounds and Prescribed Burns

Monday 13th May / presented by Jeff Bullen

Commercial beekeepers in Western Australia say damage to honey grounds from prescribed burns is having a "profound" impact on the state's lucrative native honey industry and will devastate bee populations if nothing changes.

Each winter the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions burns land in a bid to decrease fuel loads for the summer bushfire season; in Western Australia, the State Government has a target to burn 200,000 hectares each year and some stakeholders want that number to increase.

But the commercial honey industry is making a desperate plea to government to reduce the prescribed-burn program as they struggle to find productive sites for honey production.

WAFarmers beekeepers section president Stephen Fewster spoke to RTRFM to tell us more.

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