Myanmar is planning to export Myanmar honey to the EU market and hopefully can export by the end of this year, said U Aung Khaing Htwe, chair of the Myanmar Apiculture Association.
The Ministry of Commerce expects to export up to 800 tonnes of Myanmar honey to the EU in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
Myanmar currently exports most of their honey to Japan. The honey export industry contributes approximately US$4 million to the country.
Myanmar is home to approximately 670 hectares of bee farms, producing 4,000 to 5,000 tonnes of honey annually.
There are six honey purifying plants in the country and these exports between 2,000 to 3,000 tonnes of honey to Japan and China every year.
Local beekeepers farm honey for exports in accordance with international standards such as the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). The commerce ministry and the International Trade Centre provide HACCP and market share courses for the beekeepers.
Myanmar honey is produced by Apismelifera bees from Italy and approximately half of the nectar used to produce the commodity is collected from jujube trees.
The honey is also produced from nectar collected from niger plants, sesame plants, sunflowers, thone sint pan, war phyu pin, pigeon pea plant, wild flowers and lychee trees.