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Bushfires devastate Tasmanian leatherwood honey production, prices set to rise

The price of Tasmanian honey is expected to soar this year after dry conditions and fires across the state have conspired to deliver the industry's worst season in 35 years.

Hives have been wiped out along with large amounts of valuable leatherwood trees that are expected to take more than 100 years to recover.

About 70 per cent of the state's honey is produced using leatherwood, a rainforest tree that flowers annually over summer.

Tasmanian Beekeepers Association vice president Peter Norris said it had already been a challenging season with the trees struggling to flower.

Combined with the fires which have ravaged wilderness areas, Mr Norris said it was a perfect storm for the industry.

 

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ABC Radio Hobart   5 February 2019