The honeybee industry is an important Australian industry. In common with many other industries, the honeybee industry faces a number of challenges. These include access to native flora and competition in both export and domestic markets. The industry needs to maintain its competitiveness and comparative advantage as a supplier of high quality honey.
Limited information is available to guide industry decision-making. In particular, little information is available on the physical and financial characteristics of honey producing businesses. In addition, very little information is available on the demographic and socioeconomic circumstances of people involved in the industry.
This report, commissioned by the Australian Honeybee Industry Council presents results from the first comprehensive survey of Australian honeybee businesses. Survey results will assist benchmarking to improve the industry’s performance and provide information to target industry efforts to improve productivity and profitability.
In addition to providing valuable information on honeybee businesses, survey results also enable calculation of the economic value of the industry and the resources used by the industry. The report will assist the development of industry policy and planning, providing a factual basis for the further development of the honeybee industry.