Beekeepers in Serbia welcomed the 2023 season with great concern because there is a legitimate suspicion that there will not be enough honey. This situation is the result of numerous factors that have affected bee colonies in the past period.
One of the main reasons for beekeepers’ concern is the bad weather conditions that hit Serbia during the previous year. Extreme temperatures, droughts and unpredictable weather events had a negative impact on the flowering of plants that are crucial for bees in honey production. The lack of rain in key periods, as well as insufficient sunny days, resulted in a reduced number of flower sources of nectar and pollen.
May is the month when the acacia blossoms and when the bees should have their first abundant pasture. However, these days, due to the rain and lower temperatures, this vegetative process is threatened, and therefore the production of acacia honey, considering that acacia is one of the most important plants for bees. Acacia it cannot be honey-bearing if there is no sun and if the temperatures are low.
In addition to unfavorable weather conditions, beekeepers face other challenges that reduce honey production. The increase in the number of pesticides and other chemicals used in agriculture poses a serious threat to bees.
In addition to these difficulties due to the lack of grazing, beekeepers are in a situation to feed the hives, and there are again new expenses and costs. In the past year, due to the general increase in prices, the price of beekeeping equipment and thus the total production of honey rose significantly. The price of honey has only slightly increased compared to the previous situation.
Beekeepers from Serbia are afraid that due to all the mentioned factors, it is predicted that honey production will be significantly lower than in previous years.
The concern of beekeepers for the future of honey in Serbia shows the importance of investing in the protection of bee colonies and the preservation of their natural environment. Ensuring healthy habitats, reducing the use of pesticides, education about beekeeping and support for beekeepers are key steps in preserving and restoring the bee population.
The overall state of honey in Serbia requires careful monitoring and support in order to ensure a sufficient amount of honey for the domestic and international markets.
Source: Bolja Zemlja by www.boljazemlja.com.
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