Ukraine to run out of honey?

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The growth in demand for honey in the external and internal markets, caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as an increase in the shortage of spring and early summer varieties of honey, can create a situation when beekeepers will run out of these products by the end of 2021, and in warehouses by the end of winter 2022, founder of the Znatny Med brand Valeriy Kureiko said during a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Monday.

Kureiko said the import of honey to Ukraine in 2020 amounted to about 2,000 tonnes and does not have a significant impact on the honey market in Ukraine.
According to head of the Znatny Med online store Ruslana Plys mainly exotic varieties of honey, such as manuka from New Zealand, are imported into the country.

She also said that in 2021 honey rose in price by an average of UAH 50 to UAH 100 per kg due to difficult weather conditions over the past two years, as well as due to the lack of carry-over stocks of last year's harvest, which could have flattened prices at the beginning of summer. The rise in the price of honey was influenced by the rise in prices for bee packages, beekeeping equipment (hives, frames, suits, tools, etc.), medicines for the prevention and treatment of bee diseases.