A NEW app hailed as a world first was unveiled this week to protect commercial honeybees from accidental farm spray damage.
CropLife Australia, in partnership with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council and with the support of leading farm organisations around the nation, has developed the BeeConnected app to provide an innovative communication platform between beekeepers, farmers and spray contractors.
Registration on the site is voluntary with participant farmers and contractors alerted when hives are located within a 10 kilometre radius of their properties or planned spraying activities.
These instant alerts are sent via smartphones, with back-up messaging via a website, to give farmers, contractors and beekeepers the chance to avoid potentially serious damage to bees.
CropLife Australia’s CEO Matthew Cossey said Australia was fortunate to have one of the world’s healthiest honeybee populations and farmers and their leaders wanted to keep it that way because bees pollinated many of our food crops.
“We are very excited by this development,” he said.
BeeConnected is free and will be available on iPhone, Android and desktop computers.
CropLife Australia is the peak industry body representing the farm chemical and biotechnology (plant science) sector in Australia.
VIDEO: CropLife's Matthew Cossey explains how the new app works.
To find out more about the BeeConnected appclick here