The yield of honey this year will be weak due to bad climatic conditions, especially acacia, which already costs from 1,500 to 1,800 dinars in stores, said today the president of the Association of Beekeeping Organizations of Serbia, Rodoljub Zivadinovic.
He told Beta that the frost damaged the first flowering of acacia and that in the south and southwest of Serbia, the yield of acacia honey on about 20 percent of the territory will be half lower than the multi.year average.
“In order for bees to collect nectar, the temperature needs to be between 22 and 30 degrees Celsius, the nights are warm and the humidity is high, but as such conditions generally did not exist, a low yield is expected, and about 80 percent of beekeepers will not to have honey “, said Zivadinovic.
He added that there will be a low yield of both linden and meadow honey, and that the best will be the yield of sunflower honey, which is also high quality, but consumers in the domestic and foreign markets are in low demand.
According to him, the yield could have been better for beekeepers, provided that they moved them to areas where there was flowering, but the costs were high and few of them practiced it.
Zivadinovic said that the consequences of low yields can best be registered through rising prices and have never been higher.
He said that last year’s stocks of honey were exported, especially acacia, which will be missing on the domestic market, and that in 2020 Serbia achieved the largest foreign exchange inflow of 15.1 million dollars, by selling 2,701 tons of honey, although it has not been so far. the largest quantity sold on the foreign market.
The average export price realized last year was 4.85 euros, and the largest amount of honey was exported in 2013, around 3,300 tons.
According to Zivadinovic, counterfeit honey will be increasingly offered on the market because Serbia does not have a laboratory for detailed control, but they are routine and refer to the examination of basic parameters, and for more complex analyzes, samples should be sent to foreign laboratories.
As he said, this problem is also indicated by the fact that last year Serbia exported honey at an average price of 4.85 euros per kilogram, and imported at an average price of 2.46 euros per kilogram.
Zivadinovic said that counterfeits are possible even in countries that have more complex control, so recently a store in Italy offered honey at a price of 5.99 euros per kilogram, and it is stated that it consists of Romanian and Chinese honey. At the same time, traders from Serbia imported quality honey at a price of 7.2 euros per kilogram.