Bees buzz over canola

Bees are helping pollinate Victoria’s canola crops.

Bees are helping pollinate Victoria’s canola crops.

MILLIONS of bees trucked into Victoria to pollinate almond plantations last month are now working their magic to help boost the state’s spring canola crops.

Agriculture Victoria’s chief plant health officer Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith said the bees were moving on to help Victorian farmers produce an estimated $260 million worth of canola.

“The honey bee industry provides benefits of between $4-6 billion to the Australian economy each year, and specifically to pollination-dependent plant industries such as almonds, cherries and pome fruit,” she said.

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