Fest for bee-lovers

Department of Agriculture and Food officers Rob Manning and Darlene Mallett check a beehive for disease and hive pests.
Department of Agriculture and Food officers Rob Manning and Darlene Mallett check a beehive for disease and hive pests.

The festival is aimed at celebrating the importance of bees in WA’s horticulture, agriculture and food industries and their crucial job as pollinators.

The WA apiculture industry produces about $9 million worth of honey each year, with a significant amount coming from the Swan Valley.

The festival is from 10am to 4pm at The House of Honey in Herne Hill.

The SciTech gang will have fun shows for children and there will be refreshments, food for sale and entertainment. There’s even a free raffle, with the winner taking home a complete starter hive to begin backyard honey production.

The department’s resource risk management executive director John Ruprecht said the value of managed and wild honey bees to the agricultural and horticultural industries in WA was estimated at $89 million.

‘Honeybees have a big influence on the income of fruit growers,’ he said.

‘Well-pollinated fruit trees are more productive and the fruit has a longer shelf life.’

For more details, call 9296 3635