Pollinator safety

Protecting healthy bee populations ensures productive agriculture.

Bees are extremely good pollinators of crops and contribute substantially to New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar agricultural economy.

Pollination is essential for plants to produce fruits and seeds and to assist with nitrogen regeneration in clover pastures.

New Zealand’s bee industry

Beehives and beekeepers numbers are steadily climbing. But honey production levelled off in 2017, mainly due to a poor crop in the North Island.

Honey beelosses are low on an international scale. The third Colony Loss and Survival Survey show losses average 9.84 percent.

Challenges to bee health

In 2017, queen problems, suspected varroa mite,  starvation and wasps were the main contributing factors to honey bee losses.

Ensuring pest control products don’t harm bees

Sprayers – read the label

Before spraying, read the product label to see if it includes statements about bees. For example, the product should not be sprayed on crops in flower when bees are foraging.

Bee responsible awareness campaigns

A campaign for aerial and ground sprayers on keeping bees safe by using agrichemicals responsibly was launched by Agcarm with NZ Aviation in Agriculture and Rural Contractors to coincide with Bee Aware month in September 2017.

Poster - protecting bees from unintended exposure to agrichemicals.

Agcarm and Apiculture New Zealand prepared simple rules for farmers and beekeepers to ensure the coexistence of agriculture and bees:

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