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December 1, 2020
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Honey production to drop 30pct due to drought, bee depopulation

Honey production will be lower by some 30pct in 2015, compared to an annual average production of 22,000 to 24,000 tonnes, due to drought and depopulation of bee colonies, Chairman of the Romanian Beekeepers’ Association (ACA) Ioan Fetea told Agerpres.
Except for the western area of the country, in 2015 there has been an acacia honey production that covers 90pct of annual production, rapeseed honey production amounted to around 70pct, whereas linden honey production was weak and sunflower honey has not even reached half of the annual production, the cited source informs.
Beekeepers will have this week discussions with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture to receive financial support to ensure food reserves for wintertime.
“The depopulation came amid a strange winter, when more than 150,000 bee colonies died due to lack of quality food and the lack of pollen in autumn and I think this will happen also this year because it is the only source that helps their growing,” said Fetea.
As to an increase in the price of honey, Fetea said that it is difficult to make estimates in this regard because “the market’s demand has not been so high.”
“Firstly, there was a surplus of acacia honey in Europe and, on the other hand, there was the impact of light-coloured honey from Argentina. Germany has brought this year several tonnes of honey from Argentina to mix honey. I do not think the price should go up because there is honey in Europe and even we import 10 to 15pct of what we consume. Thirdly, we have just decreased the price by some 12pct following the cut in VAT and honey is not in great demand in Romania, anyway,” added the ACA chairman.
With an annual production of 22,000 to 24,000 tonnes of honey, Romania ranks 4th among honey producers in Europe. The country currently has 1.47 million bee colonies and approximately 40,000 beekeepers nationwide, with 60pct of these being ACA members and holding 900,000 bee colonies.
The ACA is an association established in 1958, it has 40 county branches as well as shops for beekeepers, providing them with all the necessary equipment and genetic material.

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