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Bees are under attack

Biosecurity detect disease; attempts now made to contain it Varanisese Nasilasila Nadi Bee farmers in the Western Division are advised to allow officers from the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji to
11 Jul 2014 07:51

Biosecurity detect disease; attempts now made to contain it
Varanisese Nasilasila
Nadi
Bee farmers in the Western Division are advised to allow officers from the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji to survey their farm.
The authority has detected that some bee farms located along the Lautoka and Ba corridor are infected with American Foulbrood disease.
Authority executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said they needed to survey the land to help stop the spread.
“We need to survey the farms not only to minimise the damage but to also help stop the spread of this disease to non-infected bee farms,” he said.
He said the disease could cause serious economic loss.
“The disease is a highly contagious and can lead to serious economic loss through destruction of honey bee colonies and hence loss of honey production,” he said.
Bee farmers are urged to co-operate and assist the biosecurity team when they visit their farms for AFB survey.
One of the common methods of spread of AFB is through the use of contaminated equipment in healthy colonies or through bees robbing honey from infected hives.
He said some characteristic disease signs of AFB included some of the following:
Uneven or patchy pattern on the brood
Sunken, greasy or perforated, darkened cell cappings
Unpleasant smell associated with decomposition
Roping, sticky larval remains when drawn out with a matchstick
Dark “scales”, which are difficult to remove from cells
A tongue-like formation of dead pupae protruding upwards from the bottom edge of the cell.
Mr Khan advised bee farmers suspecting signs of AFB disease on their bee farms to contact biosecurity on 3312512.
Feedback: varanisese.nasilasila@fijisun.com.fj




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