19th May 2022 By Staff Reporter | email@example.com | @foodtickernz
Building a better future for bees is the focus of this year’s World Bee Day on Friday 20 May, says Apiculture New Zealand.
While New Zealand’s honey bees have not suffered the colony losses of other countries, Aotearoa’s bees still rely on human intervention to stay protected from threats such as the varroa mite, American Foul Brood and wasp invasion, the organisation said.
New Zealand has a flourishing population of honey bees cared for by 10,325 registered beekeepers with a total of 760,751 hives across the country. In the last financial year, commercial beekeepers exported 20,500 tonnes of honey, worth $455.5m.
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