Beekeepers expect the increase of yield compared to last season in Ordu province where one of the leading honey producing regions across Turkey.
In Ordu, where the most important source of livelihood after the hazelnut is beekeeping and 2 thousand 700 active beekeepers produce honey in approximately 530 thousand hives.
Beekeepers, who migrated to various provinces for better quality honey production since April and May, started to make their first harvest there.
Beekeepers are happy to see that honey yields increase by 20-30 percent compared to the previous season, especially after the weather has passed well.
Ordu Beekeepers’ Association Chairman Akın Çiftçi said that beekeepers from Ordu province operate as migratory in 45 provinces throughout the country.
Stating that they expect a 20 percent increase in honey harvest as compared to last year, Çiftçi noted that the beekeepers operating in Sivas and Erzincan regions have high yields in particular.
“Last season, beekeepers from Ordu produced about 17 thousand tons of honey. We expect this yield to exceed 20 thousand tons this season. some of the beekeepers are currently harvesting flower and chestnut honey. These producers are already marketing their products,” Çiftçi added.
Pointing out that the interest in pollen, propolis and royal jelly soared in the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic, Çiftçi concluded, “We realized that bee products became more prominent in this period. Honey was in high demand during the epidemic process. I hope our beekeepers will have no problem marketing their products this season. We have good expectations for the price as well.”