Bees are essential for pollination, increase the harvest and yields of fruit and vegetable growers and improve quality. Yet fears of bee mortality persist. More than 1,000 beekeepers are involved in Hamburg’s flourishing beekeeping business including the BEEsharing start-up. To highlight the vital role of bees and pollination for farmers, Frank Horch, Senator for Economics visited the up-and-coming Hamburg-based start-up on Monday (September 10, 2018). The company provides an online platform that brings beekeepers and farmers together. Beekeepers can offer their bee colonies for pollination, while farmers and gardeners buy the service for their plants. BEEsharing takes charge of mediation and logistics.
BEEsharing makes use of the opportunities offered by digitisation and links up beekeepers with farmers. The company also keeps a close eye on plant and species diversity. During his visit, Horch noted: “Hamburg needs founders who recognise opportunities and promote their ideas with courage and passion. Start-ups deserve our attention because they create innovations and are the guarantors of tomorrow’s economic success. We want to support them with good framework conditions.”
More and more beekeepers in Hamburg
Beekeeping in Germany is worth around EUR 1.7 billion per annum of which EUR 1.6 billion is attributable to pollination alone. More than 400 horticultural businesses in Hamburg are reliant on the work of busy bees. A thriving environment is crucial to the use of bees in future and the numerous beekeepers and beekeepers are pivotal. The beekeeper federation Imkerverband Hamburg e. V. has over 1,000 members up from a mere 205 in 2005.