Romania’s honey production is estimated to go past the level recorded in 2012, when it halved because of the drought, although it will not exceed 17,000 tonnes, that is about 70 per cent of the annual average production obtained in years with normal climatic conditions, according to estimates of the Romanian Beekeepers Association (ACA), said the President of the Beekeepers Association, Ioan Fetea, Agerpres reports.
He also specified that the rainy weather during the spring compromised the acacia, production of this kind of honey having been halved, especially in the western and central regions of the country. The President of ACA also said that almost the same situation was recorded in the case of the linden honey, production of this type of honey being expected to reach 50-60 per cent of the annual average production.
Romania exports approximately 85 per cent of its total production of honey on an annual basis, last year’s exports to foreign markets having totalled 11,140 tonnes of honey, up 16 per cent compared with 2011, when exports totalled 9,898 tonnes. The money obtained from exports totalled EUR 35 M in 2012, up 17 per cent compared with the EUR 29.6 M in the previous year. Also, domestic consumption of honey is of about 500 grams per capita per year as an average, much below the EU average, domestic consumption of honey in countries such as the Netherlands or Belgium reaching 1.5 kg per capita per year and even 2 kg in Germany.