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December 1, 2016

Beekeepers back the need for effective AFB control

Ninety seven percent of beekeepers surveyed in June said that AFB control is vital to the NZ’s biosecurity and the honeybee industry. Most felt that enforcement, training, communications, monitoring and administration all need to be modernised and improved so we can collectively deliver our ultimate goal of eradicating AFB.

Your Board accepted the challenge and immediately began the planning process. Last week invited beekeepers, MPI, Plant and Food Research and AsureQuality met in Wellington to better equip the Pest Management Plan. The goal, to set the platform for a 5-year governance and operational plan focussed on AFB management and the challenges faced now with a much bigger industry.

The Plan will recognise and provide for the effect of further industry growth and the impact this will bring. The foundations of the 5-year Plan will build on your questionnaire responses as key directional guides and we will be coming back to consult with you in the period leading to the national conference in July 2017.

Urgent action on regulations, communications and timely information for beekeepers from inspections will commence immediately……..