World News Australia, SBS Radio, January 17, 2014
Australia’s honey industry is set to deliver the lowest national honey yields in more than a decade due to excessive heat, floods and drought.
Honey supplies have fallen by more than 50 percent, and it’s estimated 65 percent agricultural production in Australia depends on pollination by honeybees.
Many bee keepers are struggling to replenish stocks after Australia experienced its hottest year on record in 2013.
The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council’s executive director Trevor Weatherhead told Brianna Piazza the current heatwave will exacerbate the shortage.