Beekeepers demand end to NSW government culling program
‘Protecting’ the industry, or devastating it?
BEE HIVE CULL
The NSW Government’s Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) first reported the detection of the the Varroa mite parasites in biosecurity surveillance hives of the Port of Newcastle in June.
Since then, it has been undertaking an eradication plan, citing that as Australia is the only major honey producing country free from the Varroa mite, it could reportedly cost the honey industry more than $70 million a year. Mead is of course reliant on this, as fermented honey is its primary ingredient.
The plan included the establishment of ‘red zones’ where the mite has been detected, in which hives would be euthanised. Bees from 1,533 hives on 31 infected premises have been destroyed between the NSW central and mid-north coasts, as well as at Narrabri in the state’s north-west, in the culling.
Each hive contains anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 bees, which means tens of millions of bees have been euthanised in an attempt to control the parasite since it was first detected.
The culling has been devastating for beekeepers involved, who are now demanding for it to end.
One petition against the cull has racked up almost 27,000 signatures so far, calling for the NSW DPI to end the cull and release the modelling underpinning the strategy.
Dolfi Benesh, a NSW Central Coast beekeeper who co-authored the petition, said he felt bullied by the Department of Primary Industries after it ordered the destruction of his 60 hives.
“They have imposed an impossible and needless actions against farmers. Surely with their budget of billions of dollars per annum they could have come up with a much better solution,” Benesh said.
“The biosecurity laws have turned into the bio-insecurity of the farmers.”
Benesh said officials, escorted by the police, arrived at his property to exterminate his hives after several injunctions and protests failed to save his bees.
He is not the only one facing massive loses.
The husband-and-wife team that owns Honey Wines Australia have been hit hard by the euthanisation process of bees in ‘red zones’, for which they are right in the heart of in the Hunter Valley.
The region’s only mead manufacturing business has lost 90% of their beehives in the cull.
Despite supporting the necessity for bee euthanisation in affected areas, they have some criticisms of the effectiveness of the rollout, specifically in regards to lack of communication from authorities.
They also say authorities were very fast to organise a group to come and euthanise them, doing so by applying a petrol-soaked cloth and wrapping the hive boxes in plastic film to seal them.
The NSW government has announced reimbursement payment options for beekeepers under the National Response Plan for impacted beekeepers.
Minister for Agriculture, Dugal Saunders, spoke on the compensation package:
“Beekeepers have been at the centre of our emergency response since Varroa mite was confirmed through routine surveillance in sentinel hives near the port of Newcastle in late June.
While we know our eradication measures are crucial to the ongoing viability of our industries, they have significantly impacted beekeepers, which is why this package of support measures is so critical.”
But is financial compensation really enough to cover the damage being caused?
Benesh, highlighted earlier, says compensation measures have failed to cover his losses, particularly those not directly linked to the sale of honey, such as loss of brand awareness and customer base.
And what about the bees themselves?
Let’s not forget the importance they hold on a worldwide scale.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEES
Beekeeping is a widespread and international activity, with millions of beekeepers depending on bees for their livelihoods and well-being.
Together with wild pollinators, bees play a major role in maintaining biodiversity, ensuring the survival and reproduction of many plants, supporting forest regeneration, improving the quantity and quality of agricultural productions, and more.
They provide high-quality food —honey, royal jelly and pollen — and other products such as beeswax, propolis and honey bee venom.
Bees are part of the biodiversity on which we all depend for our survival.
As the landmark 2019 report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) notes, “Sacred passages about bees in all the worlds’ major religions highlight their significance to human societies over millennia.”
Beekeeping also provides an important source of income for many rural livelihoods.
According to IPBES, the western honey bee is the most widespread managed pollinator worldwide, and more than 80 million hives produce an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of honey annually.
Furthermore, pollinators contribute directly to food security.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, a third of the world’s food production depends on bees.
And this is where the questions need to start being asked.
Given the well-documented mismanagement of biosecurity and infectious threats over the last two years, and ongoing attempts to re-shape the world’s food systems, should these authorities be trusted?
Is this type of response justified to deal with this ‘threat’? Or could there be a larger agenda at play?
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8 thoughts on “Beekeepers demand end to NSW government culling program”
That sounds like unjust treatment for the beekeepers. No I wouldn’t trust these bio security officials given what’s going on in other ways to cut down our food supply. I think they should have given evidence that these bees were actually contaminated with varoa and if not then they should have been monitored instead. How are these bee keepers meant to replace so many bees. Plus it sounds like such a cruel death for these bees.
The people I know who have anything to do with organic production of food including honey take great care to protect their crops animals hives.Considering the new rules to control all production and cause global shortage of life sustaining produce, it is my opinion this is deadly over-reach .
I find it hard to believe so many people are brainlessly following orders.Mostly set by the U.N. and WHO.
Wake up people we are heading for a famine. Think. Research.
I feel it is part of an agenda, don’t countries with Varoa mite still produce honey? I have a suspicion that it is about killing off successful small business, are there big companies that still have their bee’s? I also read there are other ways of getting rid of the mites and quite simply easy to deal with, no need for killing off healthy bee’s that do not even have the mites. So tragic.
The bee analogy to the convid1984-quax story for humans. And what’s the bet they try this soon with the mRNA toxic quax and a foot & mouth vax for cattle (and bear in mind that the “foot and mouth virus” has never been characterised, let alone proven to have caused one case of this condition…in common with all “viruses”…another massive hoax). It’s about smashing small producers and making pHARMa even richer. We have govts full of morons in lockstep with our enemies, the “global-parasites”…where’s that ivermectin to deal with them?!
Of course, never thought about it like that, next will be dogs and cats, you can already buy their medication online. Actually that has already been done hasn’t it?, with all the vaxes they say they have to have. Never ending money spinners.
Agree with Graham. I am not sure why it is that many including the bee-keepers themselves do not see the parallel between the two plandemics. As to the existence of viruses, even Louis Pasteur on his death bed, admitted that Antoine Bechamp was right and that viruses were a fabrication of the Rockefellers, who were financially supporting and pushing his theory rather than Antoine Bechamp’s, for obvious reasons. As to the moronic govt heads they are indeed in complete lockstep and know full well the ramification of all of it but blindly follow the agenda.
Why? Simply because as predicted in the good book, the kings of the earth who have committed fornication with Babylon( false system of worship ), have now given their power onto the beast ( The papal system ) and are all pushing the agenda, not recognising the lies and deceptions behing it all, thinking they are doing a great thing. Although I must admit that many faithful Catholics, such as Michael Matt and John Henry Westen, Bishop Vigano and many others, now see straight through their own pope even going to the point of labelling him as the anti-christ an asking other faithfuls to resist.
The time will come very soon, however, as predicted, when the same Kings of the earth after finding out how they have been deceived and lied to, shall indeed hate the beast, and remove support for her, to render her desolate. Likewise the same merchants of the earth who are also currently enriching themselves will soon weep and wail as no one will buy their merchandises, making their riches come to nothing. But it will be way too late by then.
Another manufactured crisis aimed at destroying the fabric of nature and the Living Being, adding to the list of Technocratic agenda items in which all Life must essentially be annihilated.