Guatemalan Beekeeping Registry Created

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

Friday, October 5, 2012

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. "

Representatives from the honey industry, such as the president of the Beekeeping Chain in Guatemala, Eduardo Montalvo, lamented that his organization had not been consulted in the development of the new standard.



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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.

Safety Certificate for Honey in Guatemala

November 2011

After the European court decision restricting the marketing of honey with residues of transgenic pollen, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food has announced a monitoring plan.

The monitoring plan will begin in January 2012, the results of the report will be presented in April and according to the methodology the work will include 45 samples from apiaries in Solola, Quetzaltenango and San Marcos, 30 more in Escuintla, Retalhuleu and Huehuetenango, 20 from Jutiapa, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango, and 10 from Petén, Alta and Baja Verapaz, El Progreso, Chiquimula, Jutiapa, Guatemala and Quiche.

Apiculture in Guatemala

January 2010

In spite of production dropping considerably, Guatemalan honey is still highly valued around the world.

Currently there are around 2.500 honey growers, gathered in 30 different associations. The industry flourished until the 1970's, when the African bee entered the country, triggering the disappearance of several apiaries.

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