Apiculture

Widespread in the mountainous regions of the country and revered for the nutritional and remedial qualities of honey, apiculture is a rapidly expanding sector in Azerbaijan.

  • Currently, 2 500 tonnes of honey is produced in Azerbaijan with over 238 thousand bee hives. Honey production is forecast to increase by 40 thousand tonnes in the near future with a rise in the number of bee hives of up to 500 thousand.
  • The main targets of development, as outlined in the "Special Law on Apiculture", are increasing the productivity of beekeeping economies, improvement in the quality of industrial processing, and integration of the latest technologies in packaging and labelling.
  • The government provides concessional loans and tax exemptions to farmers engaged in apiculture in order to facilitate growth in the sector.

 

2010

2011

2012

2013

Number of bee hives (thsd.)

193.2

212.7

225.4

238.4

Honey production (tonnes)

1 874.3

2 275.4

2 387.5

2 456.7

Source: State Statistics Committee