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Jose Thayil last won the day on March 15 2017

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About Jose Thayil

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  1. Jose Thayil

    AFB Proposed Levy Increase

    Wasn’t that for the honey levy, not the AFB levy? Isn’t the AFB levy different and managed differently to the proposed APINZ honey levy?
  2. Jose Thayil

    AFB Proposed Levy Increase

    Ok. So explain the process please...
  3. Jose Thayil

    AFB Proposed Levy Increase

    Do we know when this will come into effect ?
  4. Jose Thayil

    AFB Proposed Levy Increase

    Got the above post as an email today.
  5. Jose Thayil

    AFB Proposed Levy Increase

    Response to submissions on proposal to increase the American foulbrood apiary and beekeeper levy In July 2018 the Management Agency consulted with beekeepers about our proposal to increase the American foulbrood apiary and beekeeper levy. We received 908 submissions and would like to thank respondents for their feedback on the future of funding American foulbrood elimination in New Zealand. Summary of key changes to proposal to increase the American foulbrood levy Having considered the feedback received the Management Agency Board has decided to change the proposal to increase the American foulbrood levy. These changes will be consulted on in March 2019. The key changes proposed are outlined below: The existing apiary and beekeeper levy to be replaced with a hive and beekeeper levy The majority of respondents considered that the Management Agency should not continue to use apiaries as a basis for calculating the levy. These respondents proposed that the apiary levy should be replaced with a hive levy. They considered that the proposed levy structure was unfair to beekeepers with low hive concentration, hive rental companies, and urban beekeepers working within local council laws regarding apiary size. Many respondents also considered that the proposed levy structure would be a disincentive to registration of hives and apiaries and would incentivise high hive concentration with a higher disease risk. Having considered this feedback the Management Agency Board has decided that replacing the apiary levy with a hive levy will result in a fairer distribution of national pest management plan costs. Replacing the apiary levy with a hive levy will also reduce the financial incentive for beekeepers not to register apiary sites or to establish apiaries with a high concentration of hives. Management Agency to establish a dedicated team focused solely on the elimination of American foulbrood Many respondents expressed a lack of confidence in the Management Agency and cited instances where the Management Agency had failed to respond to issues or take effective action to address serious cases of non-compliance that were creating disease risks for neighbouring beekeeper’s apiaries. The Management Agency Board recognised in June 2016 that the operational plan that had been in place for many years was no longer suitable for an industry that was experiencing massive growth in beekeeper numbers and hives. This initiated the development and roll out of a 5-year strategy to eliminate American foulbrood, employed two full time professional managers with extensive experience in biosecurity incursion investigation and response and American foulbrood elimination, and transferred the management of Authorised Persons Level 2 (AP2s) from AsureQuality to the Management Agency. With the support of the Apiculture New Zealand Board, these changes have enabled the Management Agency to develop the capability to take enforcement action to address serious non-compliance with national pest management plan rules. From 1 November 2018, non-compliant beekeepers identified as causing serious and ongoing disease risks to neighbouring beekeeper’s apiaries can expect that the Management Agency will act on their failure to comply with national pest management plan rules and that they will be liable for the costs and expenses incurred. The Management Agency Board has considered respondents feedback and determined that changes to the compliance business model are required. This has resulted in the decision to phase out the outsourcing of operations from AsureQuality Ltd and the establishment of a dedicated in-house team focused on eliminating AFB. This will prevent conflicting demands from export certification and auditing risk management premises from interfering with staff focus on the American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan. The establishment of a dedicated in-house team in the place of the current contract is expected to provide cost savings that will enable the Management Agency to propose a smaller increase in the levy than was originally proposed in July 2018. The analysis of submissions and the Management Agency’s response can be found on the levy webpage or by selecting the links below: AFB Levy Consultation Findings Report Management Agency Response to Submissions Copyright © 2018 The Management Agency AFB PMP, All rights reserved. You are a registered beekeeper Our mailing address is: The Management Agency AFB PMP PO Box 44 282 Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040 New Zealand Add us to your address book This email was sent to josethayil@hotmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences The Management Agency AFB PMP · PO Box 44 282 · Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040 · New Zealand
  6. Jose Thayil

    AFB management with new powers

    At least there is recovery of costs with non compliance and non compliant beekeepers will be forced to get their hives inspected.
  7. Got this email today. Looks like finally something is getting done. Hopefully this will start making a difference. Management Agency Announces Compliance and Enforcement Capability The Management Agency is pleased to announce that it has the capability to take enforcement actions to address serious non-compliance with National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan rules. This capability has been developed as the result of recent changes driven by the 5-year strategy programme and the Board’s decision to employ a National Compliance Manager and National Operations Manager and transfer the management of AP2s from AsureQuality to the Management Agency. During the week of 19 November 2018, the Management Agency investigated the apiaries and beekeeping storage shed of a South Island beekeeper whom is known to be non-compliant with pest management plan rules and is responsible for approximately 80% of the AFB in the region where his apiaries are located. The inspections found AFB in 33 out of 144 hives inspected (23%), and in 16 of the 31 apiary sites with one or more hives (51.6%). Figure 1. AFB infected brood frame The inspections also detected: Evidence of “shook swarming” - an illegal practice for managing AFB Contaminated beekeeping equipment exposed to honey bees Failure to keep bees in moveable frame hives, and Two unregistered apiary sites. Figure 2. Failure to keep bees in moveable frame hives The Management Agency has destroyed all of the infected beehives and equipment by burning. Figure 3. Destruction of infected beehives and equipment The Management Agency has revoked the beekeeper’s DECA. The Management Agency has also served the beekeeper with a Restricted Place Notice and issued Notices of Direction to comply with pest management plan rules. The Management Agency will undertake follow-up inspections to verify that the beekeeper is compliant with these directions. Should the beekeeper fail to comply the Management Agency will use its power to act on default, including destruction of non-compliant beehives and equipment, and recovery of the Management Agency’s costs and expenses from the beekeeper. The beekeeper is now required to complete Certificates of Inspection from 2019 onwards. Breach of this obligation will result in default inspections by the Management Agency and recovery of costs from the beekeeper. Copyright © 2018 The Management Agency AFB PMP, All rights reserved. You are a registered beekeeper Our mailing address is: The Management Agency AFB PMP PO Box 44 282 Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040 New Zealand Add us to your address book This email was sent to josethayil@hotmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences The Management Agency AFB PMP · PO Box 44 282 · Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040 · New Zealand
  8. Jose Thayil

    November 2018 Apiary Diary

    They do produce well and if you have plantations of asparagus around it can yield for a long period once they stop cutting and let it grow for the next season.
  9. Jose Thayil

    November 2018 Apiary Diary

    Asparagus pollen is bright orange or red.
  10. Jose Thayil

    Honey extractors / North island

    Try lorimers in matangi close to Hamilton
  11. Jose Thayil

    November 2018 Apiary Diary

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/108244919/how-will-el-nino-affect-fruitvegesweather-in-the-coming-months-in-nz Weather forecast for November
  12. Jose Thayil

    Bee on citrus

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    Bee on citrus

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    Bee on citrus

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    Bee on citrus

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