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Introduction to NZ Legislation
New Zealand has had legislation to control AFB since 1906. The most recent change in that legislation occurred in 1998, when the Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Strategy) Order was passed into law. The Order established an American Foulbrood Pest Management Strategy (AFB NPMS) under the Biosecurity Act (Appendix 1). The Biosecurity Act allows New Zealand agricultural industries affected by a pest or disease to determine their own goals and strategy for its control, and to use legal powers to ensure the strategy is carried out.
In the case of AFB, the National Beekeepers’ Association (NBA), the main representative organisation of the beekeeping industry, developed the AFB NPMS, and went through the process of having the strategy approved by government. The Management Agency for the AFB NPMS is the NBA. The NBA has the statutory responsibility to implement the AFB NPMS, which comprises a range of regulatory and educational programmes (including this website). The NBA also funds the strategy, using income generated from a mandatory levy on apiaries and beekeepers.
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Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.
There’s a lot of good information here, telling you everything you need to know about recognising AFB: the visual symptoms, smell of AFB and more.
New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.
Most hives become infected because bees, honey or equipment have been put into a hive from another hive that is infected with AFB. Lower your chances of an AFB infection by reading this section.
Find out when the next AFB Recognition and Competency Courses, or Refresher Courses are available. These are held throughout the year in various New Zealand locations across the South Island and North Island.