Beekeeping in Russia needs an effective organizational structure for the production of marketable honey and its promotion to domestic and foreign markets, said First Deputy Minister of Agriculture Dzhambulat Khatuov.
“Let's mark next year by building an organizational structure. in our statistics, the volume of honey production, namely commercial honey that has export potential, was ten times higher. Let's return the historical justice – a hundred years ago Russia was a large exporter of honey, we have all the prerequisites for this. “
According to Khatuov, beekeepers must, first of all, focus on export. “Our weekend fairs, product promotion in convenience stores is a limited market. Therefore, next year we should create at least 100 cooperatives, including personal subsidiary farms, as well as at least 500 startups on to novice farmers who will work in this area – he said. – Exactly in a year we will return to the results of our implemented plans. “
According to the Agroexport Center under the Ministry of Agriculture, the Russian Federation exported 1,269 tons of honey in January-July this year, which is 15% more than in the same period last year. In value terms, supplies decreased by 14% – to $ 2 million 434 thousand.In 2019, exports amounted to 2,461 tons for $ 5.8 million, which is 24% and 23% more than in 2018, respectively. However, it has not yet been possible to reach the level of 2015, when 3,633 tons worth $ 8.6 million were exported.
In 2019, the Russian Federation produced 63.5 thousand tons of honey, which is 2.3% less than in 2018. Experts explain the reduction by natural tendencies – a decrease in average summer temperatures in the Russian Federation, which negatively affects the population of honey bees.
The consumption of honey in the Russian Federation in 2015-2019 was at the level of 0.42-0.46 kg of honey per person per year, which is 2 times higher than the world average – 0.20-0.25 kg, but significantly lower than the consumption level in the leading countries. In Turkey, this figure is 1.3 kg per person per year, in Germany – 1 kg, in the USA – 0.7 kg, in the UK – 0.6 kg.