Beekeepers have joined the campaign against the proposed importation of New Zealand apples, because of fears that the fire blight disease could devastate the honey industry. Mark Salter, president of the Tasmanian Apple and Pear Growers' Association , agreed that fire blight could well have a serious impact on beekeepers if the 80-year-old import ban is lifted. The disease is widespread in New Zealand's orchards but there have been no major outbreaks in Australia.