Cuban apiculturists are working to increase honey production to 10,000 tons a year by 2016.
According to agricultural authorities, they are guaranteeing all resources necessary to benefit from the high demand for honey on the international market.
In that regard, they have to comply with international technical standards in handling beehives to improve quality as demanded by foreign buyers.
Until September 2011, production totaled 3,411 tons, accounting for 97 percent of this year’s plan, so it will be possible to produce 6,600 tons in 2011.
There are 160,000 beehives under exploitation by Cuban state-owned farms and private farmers. The latter supply 72 percent of the country’s bee honey production.