Budapest, April 4 (MTI) – The density of the bee population in Hungary is the second highest in Europe, the daily Magyar Hírlap said on Tuesday.
Hungary has good conditions for beekeeping thanks to an ecology which is favourable to them, given a lesser dependence on intensive land use and monocultural farming on large fields combined with the liberal use of chemicals which is typical of farming today.
The estimated number of bees puts Hungary in mid-field in European comparison but the density at 11.7 bee colonies per square kilometer puts the country in second place, the paper said, citing the Center for Ecological Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA).
The production of honey heavily depends on the weather, and in Hungary this fluctuates between 15,000 and 30,000 tonnes, the paper said. Fully 70-80 percent is exported, and most of that is used to improve the quality of inferior honey on the international market, it added.