Summary of the workshop was that the NBA were looking at the a ‘levy’ for all Beekeepers. The proposed levy “contribution” aimed to help NBA to be able to fund more research mainly due to the fact that government are no longer willing to fund the Bee industry.
It was suggested that we Beekeepers form an agreed set of common goals and operate under one umbrella.
An interesting point made by Daniel was “…hobbyists are the commercial Beekeepers of tomorrow…”
Then after all the main topics were covered the speakers came back as a ‘panel’ and opened the floor to questions.
My personal view is that Hobbyists are clearly a 21st century response to the recent loss of Bees across the world, these are the modern Beekeepers and according to the NBA’s own statistics, show Hobbyists as making up the majority of Beekeepers in NZ.
I think that it would be sensible for the NBA to encourage Hobbyists who I feel will be part of a key to help in the survival of the Bees, some Hobbyists located in urban areas which separate from them from large commercial operations, separate them from agriculture pesticide risks, etc which may assist in protecting them from spread of disease and poisoning.
Within NBA, Hobbyists are not fairly represented nor appropriately considered by the NBA in any decision-making due to the fact voting rights within the NBA are one vote for one hive so Hobbyists are immediately disadvantaged.
Another point which I would like to make is that the cost of NBA membership for a Hobbyist, is in my opinion – huge. The consideration is that if a Hobbyist loses a hive – the cost of the membership is effectively the cost of a new hive.
I feel that it was worthwhile attending this workshop. I hope that the NBA consider the Hobbyist more seriously, and who can contribute positively to Beekeeping, I asked Daniel to consider setting-up a Hobbyist team within the NBA.
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