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Türkiye reaches 115 thousand tonnes of honey production, ranking second after China!

Honey forests contribute to the national economy…

As of the end of last year, the number of honey forests reached 794, creating an opportunity to host approximately 1 million hives. Türkiye’s honey production reached 115 thousand tonnes thanks to the support given to beekeeping activities and honey forests.

In addition to their ecological contribution, honey forests protect the soils against erosion by enriching the vegetation in the region where they are established and are also important in increasing beekeeping activities.

In this context, two ‘Honey Forest Action Plans’ covering the years 2013-2017 and 2018-2023 were prepared and implemented by the General Directorate of Afforestation (OGM). While it is planned to reach the top levels in the world in terms of honey production quantity and quality through these forests, it is also aimed to make unproductive forest areas productive, to enhance the economic, ecological and social functions of forest areas, to protect biological diversity, to ensure food security and to create employment and additional income opportunities for forest villagers depending on the rise in the number of honey forests.

It is planned to increase the number of honey forests to 850 this year…

Within the scope of the honey forest action plans, two honey forests are planned to be established each year by the regional directorates and 56 honey forests are targeted to be established annually. While the number of honey forests reached 794 by the end of 2023, the aim is to ramp up the number to 850 this year.

While honey forests are established all over the country, Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya, Antalya, Bursa, Hatay and Trabzon are the leading provinces with honey forests.

Honey forests, which are created by planting or planting honey plants suitable for ecology in afforestation, erosion control, rehabilitation areas and other forested areas in order to support beekeeping, are also created from forested areas that are determined within the natural distribution areas without any intervention and allow beekeepers to stay.

Second in the world in honey production…

As of the end of last year, 794 honey forests were established on 95 thousand 459 hectares of forested land, providing an opportunity to house approximately 1 million hives and indirectly contributing to the national economy.

While honey production, which was 81 thousand tonnes in 2010, reached 114 thousand 886 tonnes as of last year, with the support given to beekeeping and the establishment of honey forests, Türkiye continues to rank second after China in honey production in the world…

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