Management Plan

AFB PMP - DRAFT 5 year plan

We are seeking your comments and thoughts on the initial draft 5 Year Plan to eradicate American Foulbrood from New Zealand.

Version 1.5 of the draft 5 year plan is attached here for your consideration.

The latest version 3.7 can be found here.

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.

The Plan

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.

AFB Quiz
Take the AFB 5 minute quiz

How well do you know what you need to know about AFB and beekeeping? Take our short quiz and find out.

AFB Videos

Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.

AFB Symptoms

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.

AFB Inspection and Diagnosis
Inspection and Diagnosis

Successfully eliminate AFB by telling the difference between symptoms of AFB and other brood diseases in the hive. We tell you the best methods for inspecting your hives.

The Law

New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.

AFB Elimination

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.

AFB Course Info
AFB Recognition Course Info

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.

The AFB App

Follow the link below to open the App. Once open to save to your device you need to bookmark the URL on your phone so you can find it easily again. Please click here to open.