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EU increases beekeeping support by 25%

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European Union (EU) has increased support of beekeeping sector by 25% for the period of 2011-2013, which means that it will be possible to spend more money on honey popularization and quality improvement.

Thus, the EU contribution to co-financing programs has increased from 26 million to 32 million euros a year, when compared to the previous period 2008- 2010. Latvia is due to receive funds amounting to 405 255 euro a year instead of the previous ones – 261 240 euro, reports Latvijas Avīze.

The amount of EU aid is calculated depending on the number of bee hives in each country. Overall 64 133 bee hives have been registered in Latvia. While the beekeeping industry professionals estimate that the actual number of hives in the country could be around 100 000.

According to European Commission information the greatest amount of hives among the EU countries is in Spain – 2.46 million, which will receive 16.6 million euro. Spain is followed by Greece which has one and a half million hives, the country is to get 8.4 million euro aid. France, Italy, Poland and Rumania have more than a million of hives. What concerns the neighboring countries, there are 118 thousand hives in Lithuania and 24.8 thousand in Estonia.


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