Country Bee Health

country-bee-health

Chile has a low prevalence of pests and diseases of beekeeping. Africanized honey bees and the small hive beetle Aethina tumida are nonexistent in Chile.

The country has a low prevalence of American foulbrood, (AFB), Paenibacillus larvae ssp., and European foulbrood, Melissococcuss plutoniu, controlled outbreaks have been filed far away of our area; there is a presence of Varroa Destructor, which has a control program.

The State Agricultural and Livestock Service Authority, SAG, (www.sag.cl), maintains an active surveillance program of the American and European foulbrood outbreaks. Reporting any disease is mandatory for every beekeeper. The SAG provides an Animal Health Export Certificate for each shipment of bee packages and queens, in a program coordinated with the producers.