Bulgaria Mulls Honey Production Improvement

Business | March 31, 2006, Friday // 00:00

Beekeepers in Bulgaria are mulling a development and improvement program that would help them overcome some of the problems in the sector.

The three-year-long program would include six criteria under which the country could apply for EU subsidizing. Currently beekeeping in Bulgaria is facing certain problems due to bad climate and low purchase prices abroad, Gancho Ganev, head of the Bulgarian association of beekeepers has pointed out. Producers in Bulgaria make only about 0.2 euro out of a kilogram honey, according to Ganev.

Bulgaria produces about 9,000 tons of honey per year, and about 80% of the produce is exported abroad.

Due to lack of regulations, however, some of the honey offered on the local market is not natural and it has fructose and glucose added, Ganev also revealed. This is one of the main issues that the association aims at overcoming with the adoption of a national improvement program.

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