Fabian Demicoli

Commission report shows EU apiculture measures help maintain high quality honey production

Existing EU measures for the
apiculture sector have helped EU producers to maintain production of high
quality honey in the EU, despite a difficult context with rising production
costs, threats to bee survival and fierce international competition by honey
imports from third countries, according to a Commission report published today.

 

Analysing the implementation of measures between 2010 and 2012, the report
confirms that the sector received a total of € 90.3 million in direct support
from the European Union (EU) through national apiculture programmes over that
period. It also indicates that, of the six specific measures which could be co-
funded under the scheme, measures to control varroasis (a parasite weakening
bees' immune system) and technical assistance to beekeepers are the most widely
supported, followed by the rationalisation of transhumance, the restocking of
hives, applied research and analysis of honey. Based on these report, the
Commission is not intending to amend the list of available measures, but is
likely to make the measures available all the year round, to further improve
coordination between EU and national research programmes, and to underline
potential synergies with Rural Development measures (such as through measures
for modernisation, young farmers or increasing melliferous plants through
agri-environment schemes.

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