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Call Us, Bee Farmers Urged

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is calling on all bee farmers to contact their nearest Biosecurity office to participate in the nationwide survey on American Foulbrood (AFB) Disease currently
13 Jun 2015 13:45
Call Us, Bee Farmers Urged

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is calling on all bee farmers to contact their nearest Biosecurity office to participate in the nationwide survey on American Foulbrood (AFB) Disease currently being conducted by the Authority.

Though it is not a threat to humans, the Department of Information reported that AFB is a highly contagious disease among the bee population that can lead to destruction of honeybee colonies and honey production and thus serious economic loss.

BAF executive chairman, Xavier Riyaz Khan said the survey on AFB was the Government’s effort to ascertain the status of the disease in Fiji and would help in management and control.

Biosecurity officers and the veterinarians will visit the farms to conduct inspection and detect if AFB is present.

“Inspection of bee hives will also not only help in early detection of the AFB and minimize the damages caused to infected farms but it will help prevent the spread AFB to non-infected bee farms,” Mr Khan said.

AFB can spread quickly within an infected bee colony and also can be easily transmitted to healthy colonies so for further research. The authority has bought AFB diagnostic test kits to help conduct the testing and inspections.

Bee farmers are urged to co-operate and assist the biosecurity team with the AFB survey because the results of the survey will help manage and control the disease.

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