The 2007-2012 plan identifies six key objectives for the R&D investments to be made on behalf of the industry and Australian Government. Associated with each objective is a set of strategies to be followed in pursuing each objective and a set of performance indicators to give guidance as to how the program can be assessed as it progresses. An indicative share of R&D budget has also been proposed for each plan objective in order to guide investment priorities.
Preparation of the R&D Plan has been informed by a comprehensive review of the Australian honeybee industry funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) as part of their Industry Partnership Programme. The R&D Plan is a better document for the direction setting insights that the ‘Future Directions for the Australian Honeybee Industry’ report provides.
This Plan has been prepared in consultation with RIRDC’s Honeybee Research and Development Advisory Committee. The development of the Plan has received input from apiarists, packers/marketers, resource managers, researchers, and the regulatory and extension communities during the period June to August 2006. Stakeholder input has included surveying of the industry at the NSW, Victorian, Western Australian, South Australian and Queensland state conferences and at the National Conference of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council, Launceston, Tasmania on 11 July 2006. In excess of sixty complete data sets were received from stakeholders during R&D Plan preparation detailing future industry R&D priorities. There is a high level of satisfaction with RIRDC’s management of honeybee R&D and support for Australian Government matching funds.
The plan reflects the state of the industry in 2006 – a supply-limited producer of a suite of quality products with issues in profitability, resource access and pest and disease management.