Guatemala: Drastic drop in Honey Exports

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

Monday, April 25, 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.

And the death of bees caused by climatic factors has led to sensitive losses in honey production. According to Mario de Leon, a beekeeper from Coatepeque consulted by prensalibre , "... 'Now a hive has gone from producing 80 pounds of honey to just 20'."

Raúl Solares, director of the Beekeeping Committee at the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), said that "... major international customers are European, he and stated that the prices have fallen by 38%."

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