Proposal for the American Foulbrood Beekeeper Levy for 2022/23 to remain the same at $40 per beekeeper and $1.70 per colony

Proposal for the rate of levy for 2022/23 to remain the same

The Management Agency is currently undertaking consultation on a proposal to for the American Foulbrood – Beekeeper Levy for 2022/23 to remain the same at $40 per beekeeper and $1.70 per colony.

About the Budget Proposal for 2022/23

American foulbrood (AFB) is a serious disease of the honeybee worldwide and causes considerable economic losses. In the absence of effective disease controls AFB has caused a significant decrease in honeybee populations, beekeeping industries and agricultural production.

Due to the serious impacts of AFB, New Zealand has legislation in the form of the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan (NPMP) to ensure that all beekeepers have legal obligations to eliminate AFB from their beehives. Implementation of the NPMP is funded by the American Foulbrood-Beekeeper Levy.

The Management Agency has initiated consultation with beekeepers to review the NPMP and prepare a proposal of potential modifications to ensure the NPMP is effective for the next 10 years. The second round of consultation is expected to start in late October 2021.

The Management Agency is now consulting on its budget for the 2022/23 levy year.

The Management Agency has considered the cost of the levy to beekeepers, the value of taking additional time to bed in recent improvements to the implementation of the NPMP and the current review of the NPMP when proposing the rate of levy. The Management Agency is proposing that the rate of levy for the 2022/23 levy year should remain the same at $40 ($46 including GST) per beekeeper and $1.70 ($1.96 per colony).

We understand it is a challenging environment for many beekeepers and as with earlier advice, if you find yourself facing financial hardship please get in touch sooner rather than later.

The Management Agency forecasts that levy revenue for 2022/23 will fall by $228,000 reflecting a forecast decline in the number of registered beekeepers and colonies. The Management Agency proposes to offset the reduced levy revenue by reducing expenditure by $162,000.

The Management Agency plans to continue to provide beekeepers with the same standard of AFB elimination services as currently provided and will reduce the budget in areas of lower demand.

Have your say!

The Management Agency is seeking beekeepers’ views on the proposed budget and rate of levy for 2022/23.

Consultation on the 2022/23 budget is open until 5pm Friday 8 October 2021. Beekeepers will receive the levy proposal via email or regular mail from 24 September and can share their views by:

  • completing the online submission form, or
  • posting a submission form to The Management Agency, PO Box 44282, Lower Hutt 5040.

For further information email us at

Once consultation has closed, the Management Agency will consider all feedback and notify beekeepers of the outcome in December 2021.

Budget Proposal 2022/23 document

 Note Submissions close 5pm Friday 8 October 2021

Start your submission HERE.

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