One early role of the Department of Agriculture was to inspect hives for American foulbrood disease and order the destruction of infected hives. Another role was to demonstrate modern beekeeping. A model bee farm was set up on the Ruakura government farm in 1905, and this exhibit was displayed at the Christchurch International Exhibition in 1906–7.
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Reference: Canterbury Times, 6 February 1907, p. 42 (PhotoCD20, IMG0022)
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