Canberra beekeepers are now required to register their hives to help the ACT government be better prepared in the event of an outbreak of bee-related disease.
ACT planning and land management minister Mick Gentleman announced the mandatory system at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands in Fyshwick on Monday.
“There is an estimated 500 to 700 beekeepers in the ACT, mainly hobbyists with one to three hives, and it is important we have accurate records to improve biosecurity in the region,” Gentleman said.
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“Beekeepers need to be registered so hive owners can be easily identified in the event of a serious bee disease outbreak.”