Honey Production in Costa Rica

The number of hives in production increased from 26,000 in 2006 to 45,000 in 2013, reaching a total level of honey production of 900 tons in the last year.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The 1,782 beekeepers engaged in honey production in the country managed to increase the productive capacity of the hives implementing techniques such as breeding queens, among other things.

According to the National Beekeeping Programme, at the National Animal Health Service (SENASA), the production numbers "... make Costa Rica self-sufficient as far as honey production is concerned."

"... The number of hives nationwide reported an increase of just over 74% over the past seven years, going from a population of 26,000 hives in the year 2006 to 45,400 in 2013."

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Adverse climate effects have led to a lower production of honey, which will not be enough to meet demand in the local market by the end of the year.

According to projections by the Tropical Bee Research Center, at the National University this year production was one-third what it was in 2014. Consequently beekeepers and packaging companies will be affected by this low level of honey production in the country.

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According to beekeepers, climate change, a possible new pest already present in Nicaragua and unfair competition are the factors affecting the sector's performance.

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Honey Production in Costa Rica Grows

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Production increased by 66% in the last three years and there are plans to build a production facility.

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In early 2013, a 350 square meter production facility will open, with an investment of ¢70 million ($140,000).

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