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The number of bee hobbyists has boomed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Numbers of newly registered beekeepers in Victoria has doubled in the past few years and there’s been similar growth in South Australia and New South Wales, Victorian apiarist Bec McBride said.

“The pandemic has given people the opportunity to reconnect with their local community and get back to grass roots food production, and beekeeping is a logical step in backyard self-sufficiency,” she said.

There are more than 14,000 beekeepers registered in Victoria, 95 per cent of them listed as recreational.

Ms McBride is offering her online and retail beekeeping supply business, Bec’s Beehive Beekeeping Supplies, for sale.

The asking price has not been disclosed.

She said the…



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