There is a buzz around the Polish honey sector – after it was acknowledged as the fourth largest producer in the European Union.
The increase has flowed both from the financial support the industry has received plus the high regard in which its honey is held.
Between 2015-2019 Poland’s bees produced between 15,000 and 24,000 tonnes per annum, depending on the weather conditions.
According to the Polish National Support Centre for Agriculture (KOWR), the strength of Poland’s honey industry has resulted from the increasing size of its honeybees population.
Official figures for 2019 put the number of bee colonies at 1.68 million, a 50 per cent increase on the 2009 figure.
Marcin Wronski, deputy director of KOWR, said honey producers had benefited from support programmes co-financed by the state and EU funding.
He added that the high quality and wide variety of Polish honey helped it when competing with foreign imports.