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NickWallingford

BOP Club
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338
Tauranga
Experience
Retired
From the late 1980s, the beekeeping industry knew that there were big changes to come for the Apiaries Act. Initial discussion papers described the changes as simply more like a 'rolling over' into a new piece of legislation.

http://www.beekeeping.nz/NZBDA/timeline/1989_Review_of_Apiaries_Act.pdf

But about the same time, the Government made clear statements that they did not wish to be involved in the AFB control programme, especially financially.

http://www.beekeeping.nz/NZBDA/timeline/1991_Govt_says_No_to_AFB_funding.pdf

Dr Mark Goodwin had been conducting a range of practical research on AFB. The four articles published in the NZ Beekeeper magazine through 1993 provide a remarkably clear expression of how AFB is spread by the beekeeper and by bees, and how we should deal with it.

http://www.beekeeping.nz/NZBDA/timeline/1993_Goodwin_AFB_article_series.pdf

In the course of that AFB research and promulgation (I like that word...), Mark also gave a number of talks at NBA branch field days. I was fortunate to be at the 1993 Waikato field day when Mark first described the 'big idea', the concept that the goal of AFB control should be the eradication of AFB - and he felt it was possible.

Re-reading these notes now they are just as relevant and considered for the current state of the beekeeping industry as they were 30 years ago.

http://www.beekeeping.nz/NZBDA/time...ldDay_Idea_of_eradication_first_presented.pdf
 

Josh

Gold
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717
Christchurch
Experience
Hobbyist
Fascinating reading.

I liked the distinction in likely aetiology between hobby & commercial.

And even 20 years ago the biggest issue was the keeper, not so much the bee.
 


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