Although China is one of the world’s largest exporters of honey, life is anything but sweet for the producers. The average age of the nation’s apiculturists is rising and young people are shunning the industry, meaning that ancient skills and techniques may soon be lost forever. He Na reports from Yichun, Heilongjiang province…Full Article: China Daily July 2015

Key Points

  • In 2014, Chinese honey consumption topped 350,000 MTs or roughly 260 grams per capita (meanwhile Japan had a per capita consumption of 300 grams). Also in 2014, China had 300,000-350,000 beekeepers.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2013, China produced 450,310 MTs of honey. Henan produced just over 99,000 MTs of honey or approximately 22% of China’s total output. Zhejiang was the next largest honey producer at 79,951 MTs or 18% of total output.

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