Forging global connections
Australian beekeepers are the luckiest in the world because they keep bees without varroa. They are highly professional with strong traceability of their products providing the ability through good record keeping to differentiate many varietal honeys and geographic production areas.
The New Zealand apiculture industry is in a period of unprecedented growth despite poor harvest conditions in the last year. Fires, floods, earthquakes and inclement weather working against the bees and their keepers.
There are between 800 and 1,000 beekeepers in Fiji. Mostly smallscale, with approximately 20 beekeepers with 100+ hives. Almost all are keeping bees for financial gain - almost no ‘hobby’ beekeepers.
Apimondia is the link that brings global apiculture science to the Oceania region. Highly specialized and professional beekeepers from Australia and New Zealand forge global connections with international scientists from the world over through links made at Apimondia congresses and via the Apimondia global network. For a developing apicultural country, such as Fiji, Apimondia offers a unique opportunity to learn from other countries that have more mature beekeeping.