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European Commission Lifts Ban on Import of Indian Honey

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Pune, July 13, 2012: The European Economic Commission (EEC) has lifted the ban on import of Indian honey, with effect from November 1, 2011. The ban was in place for about 18 months and its lifting is a consequence of deliberations between the officials of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India (MoC) and inspection by a team of the EEC officials, after the MoC rectified the shortcomings and submitted a revised residue plan to the Commission.

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Little Bee Impex, Ludhiana Awarded APEDA's Golden Trophy for Outstanding Honey Exports

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Chennai, February 20, 2011: Little Bee Impex, the leading exporter of honey in India and the export unit of Kashmir Apiaries, Ludhiana got Golden Trophy from the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The company's chairman, Jagjit Singh Kapoor received the award on February 13, 2011 from Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, according to a news report in the Financial World, Chandigarh. The news adds that the company's exports for 2009-2010 stood at almost Rs. 10 million. Exporting honey to 48 countries, the company has received the APEDA award for six consecutive years.

Honey Prices in India Crash Due to Export Ban

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Chennai, December 22, 2010: The ban imposed by the European Union on import of honey from India (see news in this site) is now affecting the beekeeping industry in India, according to a leading exporter of honey, Kashmir Apiaries Exports, Doraha (KAE). In a news story in the online edition of the Indian Express dated December 18, 2010, Amrita Chaudhry reports that the company would not be able to pay more than Rs 60 per kg to the beekeepers. Last year they had paid Rs 90 at the beekeepers' door. Low prices would discourage bee farmers and this might lead to a great setback to the country's beekeeping industry.

Training in production of quality honey

The main reason for the export ban for Indian honey being presence of antibiotic residues, the KAE's research Institute IBA (Lee Bee International Institute of Beekeeping & Agro-Enterprises) has launched a nationwide training programme for honey producers and suppliers in producing quality honey.

An earlier report posted on October 8, 2010 by Sukhdeep Kaur in the Indian Express informs that a young beekeeper, Simarjeet Singh Aulakh from Faridkot district, who owns 150 bee hives, gives lessons in beekeeping to fellow beekeepers. He teaches them about bee health and how clean bee colonies do not need antibiotics.

European Union Formalizes Ban on Imports of Indian Honey

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Pune, June 30, 2010 (sources: ApiNews dated June 17, 2010; Official Journal of the European Economic Union dated June 12, 2010; Infodriveindia news dated March 19, 2010; PTI news item in the Economic Times dated June 18, 2010):

A Business Line news published by the Infodriveindia dated March 18, 2010 reported that the European Union might ban imports of Indian honey from April 2010 because of the increasing number of honey samples containing antibiotics and heavy metal residues and consequently failing the residue tests.

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Honey Exports from India Decline This Year

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Pune, June 5, 2010: The website of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, Government of India (APEDA) shows that Indian exports of (natural) honey during April – December 2009 amounted to 4683.58 metric tons valued at (estimated) Rs. 461 million. This seems to be lower compared to the previous years. The total quantity of honey exported during 2008-2009 was 15,587.55 metric tons valued at Rs. 1490 million. Major honey importing countries from India in that year were, in the order of the quantity of honey imported, were: USA, Saudi arabia, Germany, Belgium, and UK. Morocco, UAR, and Yemen Republic imported honey in smaller quantities.

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