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Pollination Agreement

 

Responsibilities of the Beekeepers

  • The beekeepers shall supply the grower with ______ hives of bees at a cost of $TBA (+GST) per hive, per month, consisting of 8 frames of bees & brood (approx. 16,000 bees per hive). Additional boxes may be added as required for meeting hive conditions.

  • The beekeepers shall locate the bees in accordance with directions of the grower, or, if none are given, according to the beekeepers best judgement so as to provide maximum pollination coverage.

  • The beekeepers agree to maintain the hives in proper pollinating conditions by timely inspection and managing the hives to maximize pollination.

  • The beekeepers are not responsible, and, as a condition of this agreement, will be held harmless for the inherent risk of bee stings to people, animals, or livestock.

  • The beekeepers reserve the right to extract the colonies from the site if contamination occurs or the health of the colonies is compromised for any reason whatsoever.

  • The beekeepers will provide their own public liability insurance during the pollination term.


 

Responsibilities of the Grower

  • The grower agrees to adhere to the payment schedule below.

    • First payment: deposit to secure the contract - 1 month in advance 

    • Subsequent payments due on the monthly anniversary of delivery (maintaining 1 month in advance) If payment is not received by the due date, the hives may be removed from the property at the beekeepers' discretion.

  • The grower agrees to provide a suitable, freshly mown site to locate the hives. The site must be accessible to a 10m truck and other vehicles used in handling and servicing the colonies.

  • The grower will allow beekeeper entry whenever necessary to service the bees, and grower assumes full responsibility for all loss and damage to fields or crops resulting from the use of vehicles over agreed routes in servicing bees.

  • The grower agrees to provide an uncontaminated, constant water supply within 0.8km of each apiary.

  • The grower will not apply insecticides, pesticides or herbicides that are labelled as toxic to bees to the crop while the bees are being used as pollinators, nor immediately before their arrival, if residual applications are toxic. The Dept. of Primary Industries (DPI) advises that the following are the only chemicals safe for use with bees:

    • Boscalid + Pyroclostrobin (Pristine)

    • Captan

    • Fludioxonil

  • The grower will follow all pesticide labels according to the law. Spraying will be conducted late afternoon/early evening to minimise harmful effects to the bees.

  • The grower will notify beekeeper 24 to 48 hours in advance if hazardous materials not recommended by the DPI will be used on the crop being serviced or on adjacent crops, buffers, or edgerows. If this requires the emergency removal of hives (at the beekeepers' discretion), additional costs will be incurred.

  • The grower agrees to pay an additional fee of $10 per hive per relocation if relocation is at growers request.

  • The grower accepts responsibility for hives damaged as a result of chemical spraying, irrigation related flooding or damage by stock where such damage involves negligence by the grower. The maximum compensation payable for such damage is $500.00 per hive.

  • The grower agrees to give fourteen (14) days notice if contract renewal is required for another term.

  • The grower shall be entitled to inspect each colony of bees, with the beekeeper in attendance, after giving reasonable notice to the beekeeper to organise a suitable time.

 

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