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Bucharest, July 6 /Agerpres/ - Romania's honey exports to EU and non-EU countries in Q1 2016 totaled 2,442 tons, up by almost 10 percent from the 2,235 tons registered in the similar period of 2015, shows data provided to AGERPRES by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR).

Romania cashed 9.18 million euros from honey exports in Q1, by 14 percent more than the 8.06 million euros cashed in the similar period of the year before.

Honey imports in Q1 2016 amounted to 775.5 tons worth 1.93 million euros, while honey imports in the similar period of 2015 stood at 734 tons priced at 1.5 million euros.

In mid-June Romanian beekeepers requested the support of the Ministry of Agriculture to cope with the "desperate situation" this year, when excessive rainfall and bad weather have significantly reduced the production of honey and affected bee families. The beekeepers expect 2016 to be "disastrous," one of the worst in the last 30 years.

Agriculture Minister Achim Irimescu confirmed that the beekeepers are indeed experiencing difficult times and announced that financial aid is in preparation for the sector.

Statistics show that Romania's honey consumption stands at a yearly average of 450 - 500 grams per capita, up from 10 years ago, but still at the bottom of the European ranking in comparison with Germany's consumption of two kilograms, or the 1.5 kilograms consumed in the Netherlands and Belgium.

With an average annual honey production of 22,000 tons from 1.47 million bee families Romania ranks fourth in Europe. AGERPRES (RO - author: Mariana Nica, editor: Andreea Marinescu; EN - author: Simona Klodnischi, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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