Varroa Response Update
There are now 212 confirmed infected premises.
The two new increases are due to DPI surveillance activities focusing on the Kempsey cluster.
One case in Euroka is within the existing RED zone in Kempsey and the other case is in Crescent Head which extends the RED zone east to the edge of the coast.
DPI Surveillance and tracing continues in and around the Kempsey cluster. No other detections of Varroa have been identified from the surveillance activities of the NSW DPI in other areas of the state.
People can report apiary, wild colony and swarm locations to the DPI by calling the hotline 1800 084 881 or adding directly to the form on the DPI website https://forms.bfs.dpi.nsw.gov.au/forms/12288
Informing the DPI of hive locations assists in speeding up the process of gaining a comprehensive understanding of the situation.
AHBIC can confirm active surveillance by DPI staff is ongoing across several sites on almond pollination, we would like to remind beekeepers that there are no changes to the current Emergency Order regarding movement declaration requirements in the BLUE zone.
Unless directed by NSW DPI to remain in place, beekeepers are able to move hives off orchards at the completion of their contracts as long as they complete their movement declarations PRIOR to moving hives within the BLUE zone. Use the NSW DPI form: https://forms.bfs.dpi.nsw.gov.au/forms/12344
Keeping up these requirements are now more important than ever, as the movement declaration process supports future traceability.
You can reach out to AHBIC via:
Bianca Giggins firstname.lastname@example.org
0402 467 780