The National Beekeepers Association has received a Sustainable Farming Farm grant from MAF to help Beekeepers strengthen
their businesses in the wake of the varroa bee mite incursion.
NBA Vice President Lin McKenzie said treatment for varroa is estimated to cost $40-50 per hive annually. The goal of
this project is the assist beekeepers to expand their income streams to meet this cost over the commercially managed
beehives in New Zealand
The varroa bee mite not only threatens the livelihood of beekeepers, but primary industry sectors dependant on honey-bee
"If we do nothing the NBA estimate that 30% of beekeepers could be forced to exit the industry. MAF estimate the flow on
effect for farmers and growers could be up to $900m by 2035."
Expanding Options for New Zealand Beekeepers will provide leadership for the industry and focus on identifying new
business opportunities. This will involve financial monitoring and benchmarking services, and liaison with other
agricultural and horticultural sectors.
The project will be delivered regionally through NBA branches, so that each region can tailor their resources to meet
the needs of local beekeepers.
"We are delighted to receive this grant from MAF which will be matched by industry funding and in kind contributions,"
Mr McKenzie said. "Central Government has provided funding to assist beekeepers with the technical control of the varroa
mite. This sizeable investment will enable Beekeepers to establish a positive direction for their industry in the face
of a challenging and difficult future ".