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ZİYA ŞAHİN: 80 PERCENT OF BEEKEEPERS ARE MIGRATORY ACROSS TURKEY

Migratory beekeepers, who harvest flower honey in different regions in spring, now harvest pine honey in forested areas across Muğla province, which has a rich flora and fauna in terms of biodiversity, as well as increasing the bee population.

Migratory beekeepers came to Muğla region where 80 percent of pine honey production realized in Turkey.

Those who make a living through beekeeping came to Muğla for pine honey harvest with beehives they loaded on lorries after the flower honey harvest they made in the spring period.

Migratory beekeepers, who stay in the tents and barracks they set up in front of their hives, lead a life alone with nature, far from technology, in these huts where there is no electricity, water and many household appliances.

“80 percent of beekeepers are migratory”

Chairman of Turkey Beekeepers Association (TAB) Ziya Şahin said that 80 percent of beekeepers is migratory across Turkey.

Stating that migratory beekepers who spend 11 months of a year apart from their home, have come to Muğla region, Şahin said, “They came to Muğla to harvest pine honey just after realized harvesting of their plateau honey in different regions.”

“Muğla province provides 80 percent of pine honey in the country. Currently 13 500 beekeepers exist in Muğla but nearly 8 000 of this amount consisted of migratory beekeepers who have come from the other provinces,” Şahin added…

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