the export potential of honey in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra
Modi’s vision of a ‘sweet revolution’ through promotion of
beekeeping and allied activities, Government has planned to organize a series
of events across the country in collaboration with state governments and
event is scheduled to be organized by APEDA, Ministry of Commerce and
Industry, for export promotion of honey involving exporters, stakeholders
and government officials in Chandigarh, where focus would be to encourage
farmers towards honey farming by ensuring quality production.
manifold rise in honey consumption across the globe especially after Covid-19
pandemic due to its natural immunity booster characteristics and a healthier
alternative to sugar, APEDA is aiming is to boost honey exports through
ensuring quality production and market expansion to new countries as at
present, India’s natural honey exports are majorly dependent on one market —
the United States – that account for more than 80 percent of the exports.
As a part
of the government’s AtmaNirbhar Bharat initiative to boost honey
production, the government has approved an allocation of Rs 500 crore for the
National Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) for three years (2020-21 to
Minister Modi in the ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme had stressed that honey has been
given a lot of importance in Ayurveda. Honey
has been described as an elixir. He said there are so many possibilities in
honey production today that even the youth pursuing professional studies are
making it a source of self-employment.
working in close collaboration with the state government, farmers and other
stakeholders in the value chain to boost quality honey exports,” said Dr M
Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA
India is also renegotiating the duty structure
imposed by various countries for boosting honey exports, he added.
been facilitating honey producers in accessing export markets besides availing
government assistance under different schemes, quality certification and lab
In India, North East Region and
Maharashtra are the major natural honey producing areas in the country.