the first ever survey of the potential production and value of apiary products from the south-west of Western Australia has shown beekeepers are collecting only 10 per cent of the potential honey crop.
The biggeest losses in honey production are caused by the enviroment, such as protracted drought, and extreme temperatures, heavy rain and cyclones during flowering. Fire, apiary sites leased but not used, and logging of forests also reduce the availability of apiary sites for honey production.
"Honey production in Western Australia,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 34
, Article 5.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol34/iss3/5