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Dr Mark Goodwin

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Dr Mark Goodwin last won the day on August 11 2018

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  1. AFB PEST MANAGEMENT Are we getting what we are paying for? All New Zealand beekeepers have been forced pay significant amounts of money to the AFB Management Agency over the last 19 years to help them to eradication of AFB from New Zealand. As we now have a higher number of hives with AFB than when the strategy started, even though disease levels had fallen each year for the 10 years before the strategy started, something has gone very wrong. We seem to have forgotten that we set up the AFB Pest Management Agency to assist beekeepers to eradicate AFB from New Zealand, n
  2. Hi Otto No, I have not been contacted directly. Probably my fault, however, as I have not pushed it as much as I should have. I feel a little guilty about that, as I lead a 10 year AFB research programme in the 1990's, developed the goal of eradication, helped write the Pest Management strategy and order in council, helped do the consultation before the strategy was voted on and must have given 100's of AFB seminars and workshops. I left it mostly alone when varroa was found in NZ, except for the AFB book and video series As I can no longer work because of heat
  3. Hi All I am not convinced by the argument that we need an increase in the AFB levy. The funding levels must have doubled over the last ten years as apiary sites have more than doubled. The problem is, that the AFB eradication strategy designed in the 1990's, and voted on, has never been fully implemented. If it had been, we would have mostly eradicated AFB by now. The Management Agency got confused about its role soon after it was established in 2000 and this confusion has continued until now, and is reflected in the discussio
  4. Hi All I am not convinced by the argument that we need an increase in the AFB levy. The funding levels must have doubled over the last ten years as apiary sites have more than doubled. The problem is, that the AFB eradication strategy designed in the 1990's, and voted on, has never been fully implemented. If it had been, we would have mostly eradicated AFB by now. The Management Agency got confused about its role soon after it was established in 2000 and this confusion has continued until now, and is reflected in the discussion on what the levy increase might be spent on
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