Romania exported 2,442 tonnes honey to EU and non-EU countries in Q1 of 2016, up by almost 10 percent year-on-year, compared to 2,235 tonnes registered in the similar period of 2015, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR) data show, agerpres.ro informs.
This means EUR 9.18 million from honey exports in Q1, by 14 percent more than the EUR 8.06 million cashed in the similar period of the previous year.
Honey imports in Q1 2016 amounted to 775.5 tonnes worth EUR 1.93 million, while honey imports in the similar period of 2015 stood at 734 tonnes priced at EUR 1.5 million.
In mid-June Romanian beekeepers requested the support of the Ministry of Agriculture to cope with the “desperate situation” this year, when excessive rainfall and bad weather have significantly reduced the production of honey and affected bee families. The beekeepers expect 2016 to be “disastrous”, one of the worst in the last 30 years.
Agriculture Minister Achim Irimescu confirmed that the beekeepers are indeed experiencing difficult times and announced that financial aid is in preparation for the sector.
Statistics show that Romania’s honey consumption stands at a yearly average of 450 – 500 grams per capita, up from 10 years ago, but still at the bottom of the European ranking in comparison with Germany’s consumption of two kilograms, or the 1.5 kilograms consumed in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Romania ranks the 4th in Europe considering the average annual honey production of 22,000 tonnes from 1.47 million bee families.