The Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett, today launched the National Apiculture Programme supporting the Beekeeper Sector in Ireland.

Launching the Programme the Minister said:

I am delighted to announce the introduction of the new National Apiculture Programme which will run until the end of 2027. This Programme, which supports research into production standards, demonstrates my Department’s continued support to the beekeeping sector in Ireland.

Support for beekeeping is provided through National Apiculture Programmes which aim through approved applied research projects to improve the general conditions for the production of honey and other apiculture products in the EU. Researchers are invited to submit proposals for the new National Apiculture Programme which will run until the 31st December 2027.

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The aims of the programme are to: 

  • ·     Provide technical assistance to beekeepers
  • ·     Combat beehive invaders and diseases, particularly varroasis
  • ·     Co-operate with specialist bodies for the implementation of applied research programmes in the field of beekeeping and apiculture products

All suitable bodies that can demonstrate the necessary research capabilities, including Universities, Institutes of Technology and Teagasc, are eligible to submit proposals.

Projects that involve collaboration between institutions and/or involve the development of critical mass are encouraged.

Full details on the call for proposal for the 2023-2027 National Apiculture Programme can be found here. 

The deadline for receipt of applications for this call is Friday 30 June 2023. Queries relating to the National Apiculture Programme 2023-2027 can be emailed to

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