Funding boost for Capilano

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Nationals candidate for Mallee Anne Webster visited Capilanoʼs Maryborough branch and CEO Ben McKee last week.

Capilano Honey’s regional Maryborough branch is set to benefit from new funding aimed at improving honey bee genetics and increasing honey production.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud announced this week that 10 new agriculture projects will receive a $39.65 million investment under round four of the Rural R & D for Profit program.

One of the projects set to impact Capilano is AgriFutures Australia’s honey bee genetic improvement program, which received a $1.65 million grant and aims to create more efficient bees to drive horticulture and broadacre industries that depend on honey bee pollination.

Capilano CEO Ben Mckee said the funding is a great announcement for the bee industry.

“The funding was a little bit of a surprise but a very welcome one,” he said.

“As honey producers we’re quite a small industry but the impact we have on pollination is much larger and getting federal funding to help us research bees and create better genetics is key to the future of our industry.

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