Bee Pollination Expo, 2019
Thursday February 28th, 2019 saw the inaugural Oz Group Co-op and Department of Primary Industries Bee Pollination Expo held in Woolgoolga. Beekeepers and industry experts travelled from as far as Bathurst to network with and educate local farmers and berry growers at the C.E.X. The expo included presentations from the Department of Primary Industries, Bee Innovative, Bugs for Bugs, The Australian Native Bee Company and The University of New England.
Oz Group Co-op and the DPI were incredibly pleased with the turnout; Gaius Leong, Oz Group’s Chief Agronomist said, “the event was beneficial for the local industry, helping our local growers gain a better knowledge of best practice.” He also acknowledged the benefits to the wider community, with “growers striving to ensure that local bee populations remain healthy.”
Melinda Simpson, DPI Officer in charge of blueberries saw the pollination expo as a great opportunity to educate growers: “Hive health and pollination is something the DPI sees as vital to sustainable farming practices. An event such as this allows growers to network with experts and learn from researchers about new technologies and best practice.”
It is hoped that the expo will become an annual event.