Thursday, March 06, 2008

Australian Jarrah Wound Healing Honey Crop Wiped Out by Drought

Jarrah Honey Crisis as Yield Wiped Out
By Stephanie Painter, The West Australian, 3/6/2008

WA beekeepers are struggling after more than 98 per cent of their jarrah honey yield was wiped out this season by drought.

Jarrah honey, a leading variety found only in WA, accounts for about 15 per cent of the State’s total honey production. It is known worldwide for its healing properties and low level of glucose…

Eduard Planken, chief executive of WA beekeeper-owned Wescobee Ltd, blamed the drought for the “total and absolute failure” of the jarrah honey crop. “We promote it in international markets for wound healing — now there’s no crop,” he said. “We have to start again. There’s nothing we can do, it’s just nature working.”…

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