REGINA _ Saskatchewan beekeepers are facing a 20 to 30 per cent drop in honey production this year after a harsh winter and spring took their toll on the province’s honey bee numbers.
The Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission says there was a 35 to 40 per cent kill rate in hives.
There are about 100,000 bee colonies in the province operated by approximately 1,000 beekeepers.
Commission president Simon Lalonde says beekeepers will rebuild but will have a lean year with the expected reduction.
He says crop production, particularly canola, could decline 4 to 10 per cent due to smaller numbers of the pollinating insect.
Saskatchewan produces about 25 per cent of Canada’s honey crop, or more than 8.6 million kilograms annually.