PCs call for the McNeil government to reconsider bee importation policy

The Progressive Conservative agriculture critic says the McNeil government should reconsider their bee importation policy.

John Lohr says if there are enough bees to meet this year's pollination needs, Nova Scotia can save the cost of inspecting bees from places like Southern Ontario to ensure they're free from invasive species like the small hive beetle.

Lohr says there has been $900,000 invested over the last five years to increase the number of bees in Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Beekeepers' Association said last week that there's been a decline in pollination demand due to a decline in blueberry production.

Lohr says agriculture department officials told the public accounts committee last week that it would cost $8,000 to inspect the out-of-province bee hives this year.