Federated Farmers expects there will be at least a 40 per
cent drop in honey production due to windy and cool weather
There would be a lot of beekeepers that probably would not
break even this year, said Federated Farmers' Bee Industry
Group chairman John Hartnell.
"They're going to find that their costs of production
probably exceeds the actual crop that they'll reap after they
harvest," he told Radio New Zealand.
He said the unseasonal weather meant the bees were less eager
to leave the hives to forage, and he predicted there would be
at least a 40 percent drop in honey production from last
National Bee Keepers Association president Ricki Leahy told
Radio New Zealand the weather so far this summer had been
exactly what the bees did not thrive in.
"We have hives down the West Coast and it has certainly been
a miserable summer down there, really.
"The main problem we have with unsettled weather is the bees
need to build up a momentum to get a good honey flow going.
"You also need that constant heat to get the nectar in the
flowers ... so everything depends on a nice, long stretch of