Varroa mite Control Order to be removed in NSW

May 3, 2024 7:16 am in by

Following extensive industry consultation, the Biosecurity (Varroa Mite) Control Order (No.2) 2024 has been removed to take away any undue regulatory burdens on beekeepers.

The Control Order was implemented following national agreement to move the Varroa mite emergency response to a transition to management program, with the aim of slowing the spread of the pest whilst control options became freely available.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr. Shane Hetherington said there is no longer a need for Varroa-specific regulation over and above existing bee biosecurity responsibilities.

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DPI is saying there is now a sufficient commercial supply of conventional and organic control options within Australia, and there are easily accessible pathways for direct import of these products.

Further options are currently subject to approval by the APVMA.

For more information, visit the NSW DPI website