The BC Government is stepping up to the plate when it comes to bee sustainability.
The Ministries of Health and Agriculture announced yesterday that they will be providing a $25 million grant to the Genome B.C. Project, with the majority of that money going towards research towards bees in British Columbia.
Research from this project will be used to help beekeepers minimize colony losses, which has been an annual occurnace. Results from the research can potentially benefit the Peace Region.
Our region is among the most prosperous in the province regarding beehives, due in part to our many different species of flowers and plants that grow here.
There are close to 1,000 different colonies in the area, yielding about what appears to be 200,000 pounds of honey annually. However, this number has been on the decline, as factors like chemical resistant diseases have been developing in the bee population, a problem that the government is hoping to solve with this research grant.
Some of the benefits of a healthy bee population include a healthier agricultural market, improved food security and as most gardeners know in Fort St. John, better gardens.