Varroa mite threatens NSW berry production and prices after detection near Coffs Harbor

Varroa mite threatens NSW berry production and prices after detection near Coffs Harbor

A blueberry grower says the discovery of varroa mite on the Mid North Coast could impact on berry prices and local jobs.

An eradication zone has been set up 10 kilometers around the infested premises, a blueberry farm east of Nana Glen, and 32 beehives in that red zone have been so far destroyed.

Contact tracing has linked the 43rd detection in the state to hives transported from the Hunter region earlier in the year.

Corindi Beach blueberry grower Aman Lehl said producers faced a nervous wait.

“Everyone is just on edge … I guess it’s a wait and see game to see how far it’s spread and what it means to the growers,” he said.

“At this stage we can’t move any hives around our region, so what’s on our farm stays there.”

Concerns over berry production

Varroa mite has been detected on a blueberry orchard, east of Nana Glen on the Coffs Harbor Coast.(ABC News: Kim Honan)

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