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Australian Queen Bees arrive safely in Goroka

The new breed of Queen Bees imported from Australia have arrived safely in Goroka and introduced into nucleus boxes at the makeshift quarantine at DAL’s Highlands Regional Office yard.

The twenty (20) Queen Bees costs K150,000 and was funded with the assistance of the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR).

Project leader with the DAL Highlands regional office George Waenavi said the bees will be quarantined for up to 21 days and will be later given to Queen Bee Breeders to take back to their respective locations to breed them and later distribute to beekeepers in their locality.

The 20 Queen Bee Breeders are mostly from Eastern Highlands Province. Mr Waenavi urged the beekeepers to work with the selected breeders and purchase the new breed of Queen Bees from them in order to requeen their hives.

The cost of a Queen bee is within the range of K40 – K50 per queen bee.

He said the re queening exercise will commence in Eastern Highlands Province first as this is where most of the bee keeping activity is.

New Zealand trained bee technician and President of the Isten Hailens Beekeepers Association, Jonah Buka thanked the ACIAR for their ongoing support to the Bee Industry in Papua New Guinea.

He further called for partnership between province and districts to ensure the re-queening exercise reaches every beekeepers in the country.

Mr Buka further reiterated his call to the Eastern Highland Provincial Government to help fund the re queening exercise given the ACIAR support coming to an end at the end of this year, 2023.