‘Fakes’ shatter honey industry

PRODUCTS from China, said to be “fakes”, are destroying Cordoba’s honey industry, according to angry farmers, who say their profits are 50% down this year.

The Far East produce, which often consists of mostly rice or corn syrup, is imported at much cheaper prices, making local products less competitive and cutting beekeepers’ profits drastically.

Lorenzo Ruiz, head of Cordoba’s beekeeping sector of the Union of Farmers, said the volume of honey produced in the province was down 40-50% compared with last year, describing the situation as “fatal”.

He added: “We cannot compete. Not a kilo has been sold, so the warehouses are full. Multi-nationals are bringing products from other countries, mainly China, which already accounts for 80% of the honey consumed in Spain.”

The price of Cordoban honey has fallen from 3.80-4.50 euros a kilo to just 2.20 euros, while Chinese honey, per kilo, costs between 80 cents and 1.10 euros.

Around 300 families in Cordoba supplement their income with beekeeping, and there are 432 farms with 58,000 hives, generating annual revenue of about two million euros.


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