Winnipeg, Man. – The federal government has announced it will invest in the honey sector with funding to the Canadian Honey Council (CHC).
The funding will go towards updating the CHC’s on-farm food safety system, the Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality Traceability (C-BISQT) plan. The HACCP-based program will then be reviewed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
“Honey bees may be small in size, but there is no doubt that they have a big impact on the Canadian economy,” says Winnipeg South Centre MP Joyce Bateman in making the announcement at the CHC’s recent annual general meeting in Winnipeg. “Our Government’s top priority remains the economy, and a safe and healthy honey sector is an important part of creating jobs and growth. With this investment, the Canadian Honey Council will be able to maintain the high safety and quality of their world-class honey enjoyed by consumers here at home and around the world.”
The Canadian honey industry $146 million in 2010, with $57 million of that in exports. In addition, the value of honey bee pollinating for crops is estimated to be more than $2 billion annually.