Plans for Beekeeping Sector

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.

Friday, August 23, 2019

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.

See "2019-2028 Beekeeping Sector Policy" (in Spanish).

From the MAG statement:

The Policy was built with the objective of creating conditions that allow Salvadoran beekeeping to develop and consolidate, thus ensuring that the producing population has a business vision, sustainable and articulated with actors established in the territories, facilitating the generation of jobs and increasing the supply of innovative products and services, safe and quality, for social and economic benefit of the country.

According to our records, in El Salvador there are 1,332 active producers, who together have 3,093 apiaries and 135,000 registered hives, with an average productivity of 32 kilograms per hive. The vast majority (85%) are micro and small beekeepers, who support their families through this productive activity, which is very relevant for food security and nutrition of the country.

"According to the demands of the beekeeping sector in El Salvador, we will work so that the proposals contained in the Beekeeping Sector Policy-208 on association, financing, production, health, marketing, and environment, allow the launch of such an important productive activity," said Minister Pablo Anliker.

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