Although the global bee colony has been badly hit by the bushfires and the pandemic, the news about honey made from the nectar of the Manuka tree is still looking pretty sweet.
According to the Global Manuka Honey Market Report (April 2021), Manuka honey sales are expected to increase from $ 961 million per year in 2019 to $ 1,557 billion in 2028.
Carlos Zevallos, Comvita's chief beekeeper, says the opening of Comvita's queen bee breeding department in 2020 will focus on producing a variety of queens with varroa resistance and hybrid vigor.
The success of a beehive is often attributed to the strength of the queen, so the selection of these traits remains crucial during the rearing process.
"Without these foods, we lose our essential nutrients like avocados, almonds, tomatoes and coffee, which leads to the deterioration of our farmland, our jobs and our communities," says Noelani Water, beekeeper and local bee educator at Comvita.
"The cycle of devastation is endless."
The rich compounds found in manuka honey have nourished generations of families and brought relief to thousands who have suffered burns.
Their benefits are proof that societies need to take into account the poor state of bee populations caused by urbanization, fires, pesticides, pests and climate change.
“I love working with incredible and critically important creatures like honey bees,” added Ms. Waters.
“They offer endless fascination and learning opportunities, no matter how many years you have been beekeeping. My work in the field of Manuka honey, nature's golden wellness fountain, perfectly combines the art of agriculture and applied science. "