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Alternative pollinators to help farmers as bee populations suffer in drought and bushfires

Australian agriculture has already suffered greatly in the bushfire crisis, but the loss is expected to continue as estimates of damage to the bee population continue to rise.

Early assessment has indicated that more than 10,000 honey bee hives have been destroyed across the Australian mainland, each containing over 45,000 bees.

There have also been concerns about the unique Ligurian subspecies of honey bee, found on Kangaroo Island, as 800 hives and 115 nucleus hives have been lost.

Northern New South Wales-based beekeeper, Wayne Fuller, has lost more than 1,000 hives to the fires across the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands of the state.

His family-run apiary business, which has hives located within a 120-kilometre radius of Grafton, was one of Capilano Honey's biggest suppliers.

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