Panama: Beekeeping Production Drops

The increase in the number of beekeepers and hives during 2015 was not enough to avoid a drop in production, especially in Panama Oeste, where 519 fewer gallons were produced.

Friday, July 15, 2016

According to data from the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), "... 27 beekeepers produced 302 gallons of honey from 241 hives, however, last year 17 beekeepers processed 821 gallons from 146 honey bee hives, a variation of 63.2%. "

See "Guatemala: Drastic drop in Honey Exports"

As has happened with other crops, honey production has been affected by drought caused by the climatic phenomenon El Niño. 

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