There are fewer cases of the American Foulbrood Disease founded on bee farms across the island. This is because of an extensive inspection and quarantine operations done by the Ministry of Agriculture bee keeping units over the years, in which many of the infected bee hives in parishes such as Hanover, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland has been destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease.
In 2011 the parish of Hanover had the highest case of the American Foulbrood disease and farmers were known to be selling the honey to consumers across the island. Since numerous inspections of the bee farms have been done by the unit, there have been less reports of the disease in the parish.
Mr. Hugh Smith, Senior Plant Protection Officer at Bodles Research Station says “things have change because what we do is that after destroying the infected colonies, we leave the remaining colonies under quarantine. That means you have an eight month inspection where the ministry inspects the colonies for eight months. If the disease is not found the quarantine is lifted.” He also says “what quarantine means is that the farmers are not allowed to extract the honey from the bee hives, if they break the quarantine and endanger other bee keepers what we do is to destroy the entire investment that was posing a threat.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Smith has urged farmers not to share their tools with other farmers. He has also recommended that farmers clean their tools with heat treatment acheter viagra to prevent the spread of the disease.
The American Foulbrood Disease is caused by a bacterium called Paenibacillus Larvae. The symptoms are sunken, greasy or perforated hives, irregular and sunken brood and dead pupae in the hives.
Mr. Smith was addressing students and faculty at Research Week 2015 held at Northern Caribbean University’s main campus in Mandeville on March 10.
Article By: Tanique Smith