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Floods sour honey supply

By Lucinda Kent, Tuesday February 3, 2015 - 22:04 EDT

The Queensland Beekeepers Association say local honey production has been crippled by this year's extreme weather events.

More than 1,000 beehives across the state's Wide Bay region were destroyed during the floods.

President Trevor Weatherhead says honey supplies will be low for the next six months.

"At this stage most of the main honey season is finished, from now on the trees that flower a lot of them won't produce a lot of honey," he said.

"There will be enough flower on some of them up in the Wide Bay area there to produce a little bit of nectar, little bit of pollen, and the bees will keep breeding and keep them alive, which is the main thing for us.

However in the next few months he says the industry does not expect much honey production around that area.

"Some of the hives when the weather did clear up, some of the beekeepers had trouble getting in to where their hives were because roads were washed out or there was a lot of vegetation down and they had to clear it first," he said.

"It took a while getting in and then of course they had to wait for the roads to dry out before they get the big trucks in to ship the hives out."


- ABC

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