Legislative Council: Thursday, July 07, 2022


Varroa Mite

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:27): Supplementary: can the minister give us an indication as to how many unregistered beekeepers there could be in South Australia and how PIRSA is keeping them informed of any developments?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:28): It is a requirement under the legislation—from memory, it is the Livestock Act—that keepers of hives must be registered. This is incredibly important because this is how we communicate with people about things such as varroa mite and other biosecurity concerns. There is certainly a large number of beekeepers, both hobby and professional, and it is a requirement that they are registered.