Apiculture, or the beekeeping industry, includes operations that are primarily engaged in raising bees, collecting and gathering honey, and performing other beekeeping activities. The industry has a very strong outlook, but labour challenges could prevent it from reaching production targets and achieving its potential.
In 2018, these labour shortages cost the industry $12 million, or 6% of sales, and beekeepers reported higher levels of concern about having to delay production or expansion plans because of a lack of labour. Remote locations, physically strenuous work, variable hours, and seasonality have a greater impact on recruitment and retention for apiculture than for others in the sector.
With 57% of beekeepers expecting employment to rise on their farms over the next five years, the industry must address its labour issues in order to reach its growth potential.
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