Tasmanian Beekeeping Industry
The Tasmanian beekeeping industry is famous for its iconic leatherwood honey. Tasmanian beekeepers also produce premium manuka honey and a range of other varieties including prickly box, clover and gum, with an estimated farm gate value of $7.4 million for honey in 2018-19.
Beekeepers provide critical pollination services. The direct value of pollination services was around $1.8 million in 2018-19, but it is estimated that approximately 85 per cent of around $164 million in pollination-dependent crops produced in Tasmania such as cherries, pome fruits and seed crops would be at risk without pollination.