Mongolia looks to honey for exports

Mongolia looks to honey for exports
August 29 01:42 2014 Print This Article

During his visit to Selenge Province last week, Deputy Minister of Industry and Agriculture Ts.Tuvaan met local beekeeper D.Erdenechimeg.

The area along Khalkha River is home to honey plants enough for about two million hives of bees to collect nectar, according to the beekeeper. “Mongolian honey is very reasonably priced, but has incomparable high quality than other honey producing countries,” claimed D.Erdenechimeg.

Mongolia has a potential to meet its domestic honey demand and even export quality honey, according to the beekeeper of 34 years.

Honey made by Tentorium Api company, Russian manufacturer of wellness products, costs 35,000 to 40,000 MNT per kilogram in Mongolia, while Mongolian honey is sold at 20,000 MNT per kg without any artificial substance content inclusion.

“Working bees in Mongolia collect nectar from 16 to 20 different honey plants which makes Mongolian honey flavor and quality outshine others,” explained D.Erdenechimeg.

 D.Erdenechimeg gave brief interview about honey production in Mongolia.

 Selenge Province-made honey are sold in Ulaanbaatar for a very short period of time, only in the fall. Is it impossible to sell Selenge-made honey throughout a whole year?

Beekeepers have problem selling their honey even though they produce extensive amount of natural honey every year. We have nowhere else to offer our honey but at “Green Days of Fall” annual event, where fresh vegetables and other natural food products are sold in Ulaanbaatar. Few vendors come to Selenge and offer to buy our honey with too low a price, so that we are left without a choice but to sell them ourselves. Our beekeeping farms are left without keepers if we constantly visit Ulaanbaatar to retail our product. This summer, Shaamar soum beekeepers couldn’t sell a single jar of honey while our soum has about 40 tons of honey stored ready for use.

I wonder whether the government could issue a complex policy that enables favorable condition for beekeepers.

 How much honey do beekeepers collect per year?

It depends on honey plant yields of the year. We have collected almost a ton of honey from our hives this summer, which is more than average amount compared to previous years.

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