Journal of Apicultural Science

Situation and perspective of the Hungarian bee-keeping

Journal of Apicultural Science. Volume 47, Issue 1, Pages 59-66, ISSN (Print) 1643-4439
Apiculture constitutes a sector of Hungarian agriculture, which has not been big yet perspective in respect of its development possibilities. The ratio of apiculture shared 0.5 percent of the gross production value of agriculture, and 1.03 percent of that of animal husbandry in 2000. Due to its natural conditions the whole territory of Hungary is suitable for apiculture. The latter is a complex activity: along honey production, the pollinating activity of bees must not be neglected (positive externality). The participants of the sector are mainly small-scale producers. Concentration due to economic reasons will be increased in the future. Concerning the quantity Hungary cannot compete with large honey exporting countries therefore Hungary has to penetrate the EU honey markets with highly processed and branded products.
honey production, cost-income situation, production structure, honey export, EU accession, service organisations
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