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TAS Country : June 21st 2012
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, June 22, 2012 News LINDSAY BOURKE: Industry faces ruin. Parasite threat to honey bees ROGER HANSON TASMANIAN beekeepers and horticul- tural industries are preparing to ward off industry devastation from a loom- ing parasite threat. The state's biosecurity measures have been beefed up in the wake of the discovery of Asian honey bees in Cairns, Queensland. Asian honey bees are a natural host for varroa mites, an external parasite that attacks honey bees. Australia is the only country in the world that does not have the feared varroa mite, which devastates honey production and cripples pollination of horticultural crops. But neighbouring countries New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have the pin-head-sized mite. Nicola Charles from one of Tas- mania's leading honey producers, Charles Blue Hills Honey at Mawban- na in the far North-West, said the industry was preparing for a potential outbreak. ''It will happen; the mite will come to Australia and we have to be ready for it and prepare ourselves to limit the damage,'' Ms Charles said. The CSIRO estimates the varroa mite could cost Australian plant indus- tries between $21.3 million and $50.3 million a year. Tasmania has a $4 million honey industry and its horticultural industry is worth about $380 million. Of this, the fruit and vegetable sector is worth more than $350 million and nurseries about $30 million. Tasmania's biosecurity experts met this week to discuss the looming threat. Entomologist Dr Jamie Davies from Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment's Bio- security and Plant Health Branch said the State Government understood that if an outbreak of varroa mites was to occur, not only would the pests affect honey production but the impact would *2.9% comparison rate available to approved personal applicants & a 2.9% annual percentage rate is available to approved Bronze Fleet & Primary Producer applicants of Toyota Finance for the financing of Yaris hatch range, Yaris YRS sedan, Corolla Ascent, Corolla Ascent Sport, RAV4 CV 4CYL and 2011 build new generation Camry Atara and Altise grades only. Excludes demos. Finance applications must be received and approved between 1/5/2012 and 30/6/2012 and vehicles registered and delivered by 30/6/2012 (subject to dealer stock availability). Maximum finance term of 48 months applies. Conditions, fees & charges apply. Comparison rate based on a 5 year secured consumer fixed rate loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Toyota Finance is a division of Toyota Finance Australia Limited ABN 48 002 435 181, Australian Credit Licence 392536. Value offers on HiLux WorkMate 4x2 SCCC Petrol, Kluger KX-R range, HiAce LWB Van 2012 build applicable for private and ABN buyers on new vehicles purchased and delivered between 1 May and 30 June, 2012. For model applicability and other conditions go to Toyota Means Business End of Financial Year Value on selected HiLux, Kluger and HiAce models. Hurry! Must end June 30. HiLux WorkMate 4x2 SCCC Petrol Free Air Conditioning and ELA Tray $170 Capped Price Servicing† Kluger KX-R range Free on-road costs $170 Capped Price Servicing† HiAce LWB Van 2012 build Diesel for the price of Petrol $170 Capped Price Servicing† Australia s number one auto event must end June 30. So hurry in now for flexible low-rate finance on selected Yaris, Camry, RAV4 and Corolla models and exceptional end of financial year value on HiLux WorkMate 4x2 Petrol, Kluger KX-R and HiAce LWB Van. See your local Toyota dealer today.
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