Camagüey, Apr 28.- The export of bee honey in the province of Camagüey reported at the end of the first quarter an income of more than eight million dollars (USD), higher than the four million 905 thousand 600 USD planned for that period.
Of the 102.2 tons (t) planned, 170.9 tons were sold in the international market, informed the Cuban News Agency Maira Romero Guerra, an analyst at the management post of the delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI) in the territory.
With the production of 213.6 tons (t) of bee honey in those three months, the Base Business Unit (UEB) Apícola de Camagüey registers a fulfillment of 167 percent of what was planned and grows by seven percent compared to same period of the previous year.
Among the causes that facilitated this result, the favorable weather conditions stand out, and the motivation for the increase in the price of this product, which was previously paid to more than 17 thousand pesos per ton and currently has risen to 35 thousand 200 pesos, explained Omelio to the ACN Barba Alonso, director of the aforementioned entity.
He also highlighted the work of Camagüey beekeepers in the careful attention to the 17 thousand 596 hives that are active in the territory, while the plans for the production of derivatives such as propolis and wax are being met and increased.
Currently, honeybee is sold to the population at a point of sale located in the Market on the central Cisneros street, in this city, and at fairs held in the municipalities with great acceptance for the nutritional and medicinal properties it possesses, although the most of the production is destined for export.
Barba Alonso said that the product obtained in Camagüey is sent to the processing plants located in the provinces of Sancti Spíritus and Santiago de Cuba.
For this year the UEB Apícola Camagüey plans to exceed its production plan set at 830.5 tons of honey with the commitment to promote the food development program, which has the approval and will of the beekeepers of this demarcation, whose production record was achieved in 1982 with 1,080 tons. (Text and photo: ACN)