Why buy honey from Myanmar?
- Myanmar is home to a high variety of exotic crops, which are the origin of many different types of honey all year round.
- Honey is produced in a traditional way on a small scale, offering a stable source of income for beekeepers in rural areas.
- Myanmar is mostly free of common diseases that affect bees, so no treatment with antibiotics or other medicines is needed.
The Myanmar Honey Export Sector
The beekeeping area in Myanmar is currently about 670 ha, with an estimated annual production between
4,000 and 5,000 tonnes of honey per year, production has been growing steadily. Myanmar currently has six companies that together export a little over 2,000 tonnes of honey per year.
About half of the honey produced in Myanmar originates from jujube trees (Ziziphus jujube). Other crops include niger (Guizotia abysainica), sesame, sunflower, three-step flower (Leucas cephalotes), kapok (white silk cotton tree), pigeon-pea, forest flower, and lychee. About 10% of honey is estimated to stem from wild flowers. A fairly new crop that is used for honeydew production is from rubber trees. There is also expected to be a high future potential for honey from avocado and macadamia.
Much of Myanmar’s honey is antibiotic- and pesticide- free. Adulteration of honey has not yet been an issue in Myanmar. The public sector, as well as international donors, now target the implementation of production standards such as Good Beekeeping Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles.