Beekeepers in the Pacific are set to benefit from a new ACIAR-funded project aiming to improve the productivity and profitability of smallholder beekeeping.
Jordanna Hinton, Cooper Schouten, Anneliese Austin & David Lloyd (2019): An Overview of Rural Development and Small-Scale Beekeeping in Fiji, Bee World, DOI: 10.1080/0005772X.2019.1698104
The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) recently declared 10 farms positive for varroa mite infestation in the Central Division and one farm positive for varroa mite infestation in the Rakiraki area.
New Zealand bees are a whole lot more friendly than their Fijian cousins. And their stings are a lot less painful. Those are the first points made by a group of Fijian beekeepers working in Central Otago this summer when asked about beekeeping differences between the two countries.
The Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) is designed to address constraints to market access from primary production products, including honey and other bee products. PHAMA funded the current bee disease survey to assist Fiji in establishing and maintaining market access to Australia and New Zealand, with potential interest in exporting to China,