Photo of honey harvesting in Israel.
(photo credit: ALON SEGRON)
After a five year decline of honey production in Israel, the heavy rains and large range of flower blooms this year will bring the annual honey production up to 3,800 tons of honey just in time for Passover, according to the Council of Production and Marketing of Honey.
Normally the Passover holiday accounts for a quarter of the annual demand for honey manufactured in Israel, and about 20% of the amount of honey consumed in Israel, this year the council is expecting a need for 800 tons.
"Last year, the production of honey was about 3,000 tons, and this year we expect a 25% increase in output, an additional 800 tons of honey. For the last five years, there has been never been such an increase in honey production," said Zeev Meidan, the director general of the council.
Considering this was one of the stormiest and rainy winters in past years, distributing preternatural amounts of water around the country to farms and wild agriculture alike - the rainfall ensured great spring blossoms and have heightened areas of bee pollination throughout Israel.
Meidan noted that in Israel and abroad, there has been a phenomenal disappearance of bees expanding in number from year to year worldwide, with about a third of the bees have disappeared from around the world.
The honey council encourages tree planting in certain areas, and works in cooperation with experts from around the world in order to provide enough food for the bees and proper honey production, "for the honeybee is not only a manufacturer of honey, but, it is also of great importance to man, because it is the central pollinator in nature, which is responsible for taking care of 80% of all agricultural crops," urged Meidan.
According to data from the council, the honey bee contributes around NIS 3 billion a year to the country's economy every year in various forms, currently housing thousands of hives dealing with and assisting agriculture as well as honey production.
With the numbers appearing the way they are now, there will be no shortness in sweetness this year.
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