EUROPEAN COMPANIES WILL INCREASE THE PURCHASES OF MEXICAN HONEY
Mexico City. June 5th, 2015.
The result of the commercial business was of 25.6 million dollars between the importer companies and 20 certified beekeepers.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) organized a commercial mission in May 23rd-31st; integrated by 10 companies, with the purpose of visiting different professional honey collectors and handlers, so that they can see the quality and safety of shipping of the export production.
The purchasers could see the regulatory compliance of health requirements demanded by the European Union, through the safety system of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), as laboratory tests for the detection of banned toxic wastes, which are always certified by the Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA).
The importers recognized the work of SENASICA and said that the export waste problems have disappeared in the European Union, so that the Mexican honey is well known by excellent safety and quality.
In the same way, the European companies highlighted the opportunity for avoiding trade intermediaries, creating direct links with the producers with better earnings for the beekeepers.
It is very important to mention the high social impact of the beekeeping activity in the country, as the agricultural gathering points and packaging honey, was visited in Campeche with 4 thousand 300 beekeepers, and three production plants in Yucatán receiving honey from 3 thousand 200.
In the production plant of Quintana Roo, participated 2 thousand producers; in one of Puebla 40 beekeepers and finally the two production plants of Veracruz with1 thousand 600 beekeepers.
In the meetings of May 29th, was highlighted the demand of organic honey, furthermore was a great interest in single-flower honey, such as orange blossom, avocado, orange and specific flowering from the state of Yucatán.
In 2014, the exports to Europe were of 22 thousand 224 tons of honey, representing 60.3 million euros; Mexico is the second honey supplier in the Europe Union (16.1% of the import market).
In the activities participated officials of the Coordinación General de Asuntos Internacionales, Consejería Agropecuaria de México para Europa, Programa Nacional para el Control de la Abeja Africana, Coordinación General de Ganadería and the General Coordination of Trade Promotion and Exports of ASERCA.