Blow to NSW beekeepers as devastating pest hits new milestone

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A caller Varroa mite detection astatine a spot adjacent Cessnock has dealt a stroke for NSW beekeepers.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries connected Thursday said the detection by tract officers meant expanding the existent reddish zone, successful which bees indispensable beryllium culled, announcing a caller biosecurity bid to that effect.

"NSW DPI has enactment important measures successful spot to apprehension the dispersed of the menace beyond the perimeters of the eradication zones," main works extortion serviceman Satendra Kumar said successful a statement.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) announced connected  Thursday the detection by tract  officers means the enlargement  of the existent   reddish  portion    from its borders, with a caller   biosecurity bid   made to that effect.NSW Department of Primary Industries announced connected Thursday the detection by tract officers means the enlargement of the existent reddish portion from its borders, with a caller biosecurity bid made to that effect. (NSW DPI)

"This caller detection has been straight traced to an existing infested premises wrong the eradication zone."

The caller detection brings to 103 the full fig of infested premises since Varroa mite was archetypal identified successful June, during regular surveillance astatine the Port of Newcastle.

Authorities are euthanising beehives wrong the reddish portion to forestall the spread.

The tiny bug has large consequences for beekeepers and the chromatic industry.

Beehives wrong the reddish portion are being euthanised by authorities to forestall the spread. (NBN News)

Varroa mite is the astir superior pest of chromatic bees worldwide and Australia is the lone large honey-producing state to stay mostly escaped from it.

The NSW DPI said its surveillance measures supply "a precocious level of assurance successful containment".

The section said it had carried retired surveillance connected much than 10,000 hives successful the purple zone, which was created to effort to incorporate the spread.

Australia is the lone large chromatic producing state escaped from Varroa mites, the astir superior pest of honeybees worldwide. (NBN News)

No Varroa mites person been recovered from astir 30,000 hives surveyed successful different parts of the state.

Beekeepers successful the wide exigency portion indispensable cheque for mites with an intoxicant lavation each 16 weeks and "notify DPI instantly of immoderate concerns".

"The practice of manufacture and the assemblage is captious successful helping the effect to execute the extremity of eradication," Kumar said.

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