Pollinator Protection Initiative (PPI)

May 1, 2017 - The Canadian Aerial Applicators Association (CAAA) and Bee-Keeper Associations throughout Canada have access to a smart phone and desktop application that will help ensure the safety of bees. “BeeConnected” is a first of its kind geo-map based, user-driven communication and coordination tool to help protect Canada’s honeybee population. This world-first innovative communication tool enables communication between aerial applicators, beekeepers and farmers while ensuring personal privacy.

“BeeConnected” allows an aerial applicator to easily log the time and field location of a specific crop protection product application activity through a Google Maps-based platform with GPS capability. Beekeepers can use the same functions to log the present locations of their beehives. When a beehive is logged near the field requiring treatment, applicators are then connected with beekeepers within a specific geographical area. The automated notifications allow the two parties to chat further about their activities via a secure internal messaging service.

For some time now, the CAAA and Bee-Keeper Associations in Canada have been in consultation and remain engaged to improve an already world leading stewardship program to help protect Canada’s pollinators. When used responsibly and in accordance with approved label instructions, crop protection products do not pose a risk to honey bees. Canada’s aerial applicators and bee-keepers continue to cultivate their partnership and as a result, are able to provide local farmers with the tools they need -- to provide food security, availability and affordability to Canadian families and an ever increasing world population.

Mike Alarie (President)
Canadian Aerial Applicators Association