I am going to conference and will definitely be keeping my ears open.
I have been thinking a lot about state of the industry and it is my belief that things are probably as bad as they have ever been in the last 50 years. I have seen poor prices for honey before and at least once they were probably worse than they are now but add in overstocking , resistant varoa and rapidly falling manuka prices gives a pretty depressing picture.
The disconnect between the reality that beekeepers are facing and the hype coming from the marketing side of the industry is unbelievable.
I do expect things to get better and this could happen quite rapidly , all we need is something like fake honey to be forced off the world market.It's a matter of when and how many of us will be left.
thanks John I would appreciate that very much.
For us personally it’s very bad also.
We are heading into a new season with the previous two seasons honey still in the shed.
we know of beekeepers being offered $4 kg for 5+ mono manuka which is an absolute joke.
MPIs manuka standard has caused the industry to tank ( only my opinion ) with more blending now than ever before in the history of NZ honey.
Add to that the very serious issue of false positive c4 sugar results and its just a nightmare out there.
We recently reported what looked to be an abandoned apiary in our area and on inspection it looks like the owner has walkEd away because 8 out of nine hives were dead and those 8 were completely webbed out with waxmoth.
I don’t know how it’s going to end or what the end will look like but it’s pretty terrible right now with many hanging on by the skin of their teeth.
and As you say there’s still all the RaRa in the media so where is that coming from ?