The main aspiration for the entire chain of honey and other beehive products is to continue to develop it.

After having achieved the highest production in history in several areas, beekeepers continue to think about progressing and opening their own paths in export markets so that the island’s honey can show what it is and where it comes from, as well as promoting other products from the hive, according to the weekly magazine Opciones.

According to information provided by Lázaro Bruno García Castro, general director of the Cuban Apiculture Company, Apicuba, in 2021 the largest amount of honey in history was produced: more than 10,500 tonnes (t) – the previous record dates back to 1962, with 10,215 t – and more than 174 t of wax, the fourth largest figure in the history of beekeeping.

In this period, the sector also achieved more than 16 tonnes of propolis, and there is a plan to invest in pollen, of which eight tonnes were obtained.

The number of hives is also favourable, at over 220,000, as is the production of queen bees, which amounted to 222,000.

At 48 kilograms per hive, yields are high. More than 8,500 tonnes of honey were exported at this stage.

The company aims to increase sales levels in the country, which in 2021 amounted to more than 700 tonnes, thanks to the creation of a network of shops.

These are very positive results considering the context of COVID-19 and the occurrence of three meteorological events.

The Cuban state adopted a series of measures to promote the non-state sector and boost agricultural activity, such as approving the export and import capacity granted to the company and the return of 80% of the foreign currency obtained for its own development.

Cuban honey has been present on the European market for more than 30 years, and one of the strategies is to ensure that the Apisun brand and Cuban origin are recognised in the blends currently marketed by the European packers to whom Apicuba exports its products.

Another objective is to increase the gross value added to the honeys and to exploit the other products of the hive: propolis, pollen and venom.