The Nova Scotia government is providing $100,000 to the province's Blueberry Pollination Expansion Program, intent on supporting blueberry growers who keep bees to pollinate their crops. Minister of Agriculture Greg Morrow: “Beekeepers’ pollination services are essential to the production of blueberries and other crops in Nova Scotia. To grow more blueberries, we need more bees to pollinate the plants – it’s that simple.”
Blueberry growers can apply for funding to help expand the number of hives they keep or purchase equipment to improve efficiency in their bee operations. The province says successful applicants can get up to $100 per hive to cover beehive expenses and up to $50,000 for efficiency improvement between April 1 and Dec. 31.