El Salvador Ventures Into Honey

The country has high quality honey but is far from competing with the big exporters like China and India.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The main destination of the 1,978 metric tons of honey produced during the 2012-13 harvest was Europe, however, this is not enough for the country to compete with major exporters such as China, Mexico or India. This amount was 536 tons more than the harvest exported during 2011-12 when 1,442 tons were sold.

"It is important to note that El Salvador still has challenges to face, such as promoting increased domestic consumption and diversifying the range of products that can be made with honey", reported Elsalvador.com.

According to Mario Vides, entrepreneur beekeeper, exports grew because of the implementation of new techniques such as "breeding and exchange of queen bees, recovery of wax from old combs to establish new ones and providing stimulating feed two months before the harvest and innovations supported by the Family Agriculture Plan (FAP), at the MAG, in the honey chain".

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More demanding quality standards in international markets and lack of financing explain the 40% drop reported in exports to November 2019.

According to figures from the Center for Export Procedures (Cetrex), between January and November 2019 the country exported 442 tons of natural honey, a volume that is 20% lower than the tons traded during the same period in 2018.

Plans for Beekeeping Sector

August 2019

Facilitating credits for producers, as well as encouraging the production and marketing of honey, are some of the plans that the Salvadoran authorities have for the coming years.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) will implement the 2019-2028 Beekeeping Sector Policy, which was developed by the productive sector in the National Beekeeping Table, with financing from Swisscontact and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through its innovation laboratory BID-LAB, informed an official source.

Guatemala: Drastic drop in Honey Exports

April 2016

The fall in international prices coupled with a 50% decline in production explains the negative outlook that beekeepers have for this year, 2016.

Reports state that the international price has fallen by up to 55%, as a metric ton of honey went from trading at between $4,000 and $4,200 in 2015 to a range of $2,000 to $2,400 so far this year, reports Prensalibre.com.

Guatemalan Beekeeping Registry Created

October 2012

New rules have been established for the regulation of beekeeping that meet the requirements of European Union on honey imports.

Prensalibre.com reports that "The Agreement 169-2012, from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA), published yesterday in the Journal of Central America, provides guidelines for creating a Guatemalan Beekeeping registry, issuing operating licenses and health and safety certificates for exports. The provision also includes the establishment of a national sampling program for the detection of residues and contaminants and the maximum permissible limits of these in bee products. "

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