Romania exports annually 50-60 per cent of its total production of honey, its main export markets being Germany, Spain and Nordic countries, Ioan Fetea, President of the Romanian Beekeepers Association (ACA), stated at the National Honey Fair that ended yesterday in Bucharest.
“Honey exports total 50-60 per cent of the total annual production of honey which stands at approximately 20,000 tons, and 80 per cent of the exports go to Germany, the rest going to Spain and Nordic countries, in fact the areas that register the highest consumption of honey. Romanian honey also ends up in China or the Middle East, but in minuscule quantities,” Fetea said.
He pointed out that Romania continues to export honey in bulk because it is very difficult to enter the European market with finished goods if there are no serious distributors for stores.
In what concerns the organic honey sector, the ACA President believes that the sector had a very good start in Romania thanks to the financial support offered by the European Union for the conversion to the organic system.
In Romania the first organic honey producers registered in 2000, growing to 132 in 2005, 335 in 2006, 584 in 2008 and over 1,200 producers today, according to Agriculture Ministry data.
Romania produces on average 20,000 tons of honey per year, being the fourth-largest honey producer in Europe, registering 1.47 million families of bees last year. Around 40,000 beekeepers are registered at national level, over 60 per cent of them being ACA members and having 900,000 families of bees.