POLLINATION AUSTRALIA is the cross-industry alliance of the honeybee industry and pollination dependent industries. The alliance has recently been formed to guide the establishment of a commercial pollination industry to help protect the honeybee industry and ensure continued pollination of important food crops in Australia.
ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP: Almond Board of Australia Apple and Pear Australia
Australian Honeybee Industry Council Australian Hydroponic & Greenhouse Association Australian Melon Association Australian Onion Industry Association Australian Prune Industry Association AUSVEG Avocados Australia Canned Fruits Industry Council of Australia
Cherry Growers of Australia Horticulture Australia Council Summerfruit Australia
An economically sustainable pollination industry providing competitive pollination services for Australian agriculture.
To ensure Australia is able to maintain an internationally competitive, environmentally sustainable and resilient agricultural sector by addressing the imminent opportunities and risks confronting the beekeeping and member honeybee pollination dependent industries. The development of the alliance received funding support from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL).
BACKGROUND: Pollination is critical for dozens of horticultural crops, and is also important for pastures, fodder and some broad acre crops. The estimated cost to Australia from a loss of honeybee pollination services is conservatively estimated to be $1.7 billion.