Salvadoran honey results from the work of producers and the Apiculture Products Safety Unit (UIPA) of the General Directorate of Livestock of MAG.
El Salvador will export around 1,000 tons of beehive honey in the period 2020-2021, data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG in Spanish) show.
A note from Diario El Salvador reported Europe is the primary destination for Salvadoran honey, as countries such as Germany, France, Austria, and Portugal are the most interested in this product.
Salvadoran honey results from the work of producers and the Apiculture Products Safety Unit (UIPA for its acronym in Spanish) of the General Directorate of Livestock of MAG.
This entity supports producers with inspections and monitoring of diseases and pests in the field. These actions favor beekeepers, as they allow them to keep their hives healthy, with early diagnostics to avoid pests such as varroa, says UIPA’s manager, Álex Magaña.
“El Salvador is the second country in Central America with high exports because it meets the requirements; one of them is that the honey is free of residues of veterinary drugs and environmental contaminants, so we support beekeepers in health issues,” explained Magaña.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) has a registry of 1,332 active producers with 135,000 hives. Of these active beekeepers, slightly more than half (52%) have between one and 50 hives, 37.76% have between 51 and 200 hives, and 9.45% have over 200 hives.