During the upcoming years, 4.7 million euros will be available for the development of beekeeping, 20 percent more than the current level of funding, primarily for the modernisation of technology and equipment, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Parliamentary State Secretary announced on Tuesday in Dunavarsány at the inauguration of a honey packaging plant owned by a family business.
István Nagy said in his speech that the some 20 thousand tons of domestic honey produced each year puts Hungary among the frontrunners on the European honey market, with some 40 percent of the honey traded within the European Union being produced in Hungary. In view of its guaranteed high quality, Hungarian honey is much sought after on foreign markets and the country’s GMO-free status further increases the value of domestic honey.
The sector, which generates annual revenues of 20 billion forints (EUR 65.4 million), plays an important role in the population retention capacity of rural areas and provides a secure living for some 15 thousand families. However, further growth is hindered by the fact that bee density in Hungary is very high, with some 12 bee families per hectare and total numbers approaching one million. Only Greece has higher figures in this respect, the State Secretary noted.
via kormany.hu / MTI photo: Csaba Pelsőczy