South Africa’s honeybees rely on both indigenous and exotic species (but mostly exotic species like the Eucalyptus), flowering crops, and suburban plants to provide important forage sources all-year round.
Honeybees are also the most important generalist pollinators in our natural landscapes, and the most important pollinator for approximately 50 insect-pollinated commercial crops in South Africa. It is of the utmost importance that we ensure that honeybee populations have good quality food supplies throughout the year.
Bee Forage Working Group
The Western Cape Bee Forage Working Group was established in January 2019. A partnership between the WCBA and Western Cape Agri, the purpose of the Bee Forage Working Group is to seek to ensure, develop and sustain the availability of quality bee forage in the Western Cape that would sufficiently sustain a viable and vital honeybee population – both wild and managed colonies – in order to service the commercial pollination requirements of the Province, and to develop and adopt all possible measures and strategies to meet this purpose.