Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Beekeepers Back The Science

15 December 2004

Beekeepers Back The Science

The New Zealand Bee Industry Group (NZBIG) has welcomed the start of a risk analysis that will likely result in more honey and beehive products imported into New Zealand.

"The New Zealand bee industry makes quality products and sees the onset of greater competition in the domestic market as inevitable. As an export industry we have to compete every day in offshore markets, so we will engage positively in the consultation process," said Milton Jackson, NZBIG Chairman.

His comments follow the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry releasing an import risk analysis on honey, pollen, royal jelly, propolis, beeswax and bee venom.

MAF has said that the risk analysis recommends safeguards that will enable the importation of honey and other bee products from more countries than at present. Currently, New Zealand allows the importation of honey and bee products from only a few Pacific Island nations.

Mr Jackson said the risk analysis had been anticipated by the industry.

"Now that it has been released the industry can analyse MAF’s proposition that these products can be safely imported with appropriate safeguards to protect New Zealand from exotic pests and diseases, such as European foulbrood and small hive beetle," Mr Jackson said.

Pastoral farmers are already exposed to full domestic competition and have adapted in a positive way.

"We will back the science. If the risk analysis concludes that it is safe to import these products, then I think the industry will accept it," he said.

NZBIG, part of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc), plans to participate and take an active interesting the consultation process.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

ALSO:

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news