With world-class honey, our beekeeping industry is slowly sinking below sea level

Market & Price Trends
Published Feb 24, 2024

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Bulgarian beekeepers are facing significant challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic and unregulated imports of cheap honey. Despite the high quality of Bulgarian honey, beekeepers are struggling to sell their products due to low purchase prices and the collapse of small businesses' access to local buyers. The situation has been exacerbated by the pandemic, which has made direct sales from farms impossible, leading some, like beekeeper Bozhidar, to eradicate their production. However, there has been some support, with helping beekeeper Emil Mirchev set up a stall at the AGRA exhibition in Plovdiv, and a social media post highlighting the plight of a beekeeper leading to increased interest in his honey.
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Just a month ago, the German Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir expressed his sincere admiration for the quality of Bulgarian honey, with which Bulgaria presented itself at the largest food exhibition in Europe, "Green Week". Yes, foreign politicians have more than once been impressed by the exceptional tastes of Bulgarian food, produced by the masters of the craft. However, none of them can assume that for a large number of native farmers, their business is costing them enormous efforts to fight the deep handicaps of the native market, where unregulated imports of cheap honey from third countries, repackaged as Bulgarian, collapse the prices of the real beekeepers. Or worse, where you might see a fake glucose-like product being offered for beekeeping en masse. Yozdemir praised Bulgarian honey at the world exhibition in Berlin "Green Week" And if before 2016 (when the European Union opened the markets for duty-free imports of honey from Moldova and Ukraine) for native beekeepers ...
Source: Sinor
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