Brendan Murray, the Secretary of FIBKA has recently contacted all Associations seeking to answer whether or not there is a need for us as beekeepers to register with the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM).
"Our insurance has no explicit reference to registration and only has the generic requirement that we comply with the current legislation. This has, of course, always been the case, just like any other insurance. Beekeepers who only produce honey for their own use or do not produce honey at all are completely exempt from this registration requirement – it simply does not apply. Our insurance covers this group of beekeepers.
On the other hand, Beekeepers with a larger number of hives who produce commercial levels of honey are definitely primary producers of honey and, as such, are required to register.
We have been trying to arrange a meeting with DAFM and it looks like this will happen on 8th December. Until we have the complete response from DAFM and an agreement as to what registration is necessary, please hold off with returning the updated registration. We will probably have complete information in a few weeks so it’s not an undue delay."