(17 December 2019) - The number of beehives and beekeepers in the EU have increased over the years, resulting in a growth of EU honey production of 16% between 2014 and 2018.
This is one of the key findings of the report on implementation of the EU apiculture programmes, published today by the European Commission.
Today's report provides an overview of the sector and of the implementation of the support measures rolled out through EU's apiculture programmes.
With 17.5 million hives in the EU, managed by 650,000 beekeepers, the EU produced 280,000 tonnes of honey in 2018.
Beekeeping is practiced in all EU Member States and the European Union is the world's second largest honey producer.