Bad weather affects honey production in Kashmir Valley

December 6th, 2010 - 6:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Zakura (Jammu and Kashmir), Dec.6 (ANI): Honey production in Jammu and Kashmir’s Zakura town witnessed a decline due to bad weather conditions in the region.

Honeybee keepers are an unhappy lot, as an untimely rain has adversely affected apiculture.

“Last year the production was good, farmers were also very happy, but this year due to the bad weather, production is extremely low since August. Even in September we didn’t get any honey. During autumn there has been very low production because of little feeding on flowers by bees. But this year the production is almost nil,” said Nazir Ahmad, a beekeeper.

The Apiculture Department officials informed that production has seen a decline of up to 60 percent.

“We are witnessing around 50 to 60 percent decline in our production this year and this is only due to the unfavourable climatic conditions,” said Javaid Ahmad Kakroo, an Apiculture Development officer.

About 125 tonnes of honey was produced in 2005-06, and while 100 tonnes of honey were exported in 2005-06 and 2006-07, 150 metric tonnes were exported in 2007-08.

The Kashmir Valley’s honey is a much sought-after product and is mostly exported to European countries. (ANI)

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