Ukraine exported 69,800 tons of honey for a total sum of $117.5 million in January-November, Anna Burka, a national advisor at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), wrote on Facebook.
“During eleven months of 2020, honey exports from Ukraine reached an absolute record – 69.8 thousand tons with a total value of $117.5 million. The previous record was registered in 2017 and amounted to 67.8 thousand tons ($133.9 million),” she wrote.
According to the FAO expert, the high demand for Ukrainian honey is observed in the European Union and is due to a number of reasons: uncertainty with the further development of COVID-19 situation, and accordingly the active formation of stocks for the entire 2020-2021 season.
Another reason for the growth of honey exports from Ukraine to the European Union is poor harvest of honey in the EU. According to preliminary estimates, honey production in European countries dropped by 40% due to adverse weather conditions. (Ukrinform/Business World Magazine)