Beekeeping in Ukraine

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Hives in the spring near Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
Local beekeeper near Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine

Beekeeping in Ukraine is a major economic activity. Approximately 700,000 people, 1.5% of the Ukrainian population, are engaged in the production of honey. Ukraine is ranked as the number one country in Europe and among the top five countries in the world for honey production, producing 75 thousand metric tons annually.[1] Ukraine produces the greatest quantity of honey per capita in the world.[2]

Ukraine's gross honey production was 66,500 tonnes in 2014, of which 36,300 tonnes were exported.[3]

The 2013 World Beekeeping Congress was held in October of 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine.[4]

Petro Prokopovych (Ukrainian: Петро Прокопович) (1775–1850) was the founder of commercial beekeeping. He introduced novelties in traditional beekeeping that allowed for great advancement in the field. Among his most important inventions was a hive frame in a separate honey chamber of his beehive. He also invented a crude queen excluder between brood and honey chambers.[5][6]

The Ukraine National Beekeeping Museum[7] located in Kiev is one of the world's largest beekeeping museums. It contains displays about beekeeping history, hive types, smoker display, art, and other areas of beekeeping. The grounds include a library and laboratory for beekeeping.

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  1. ^ Honey Market Overview
  2. ^ "Ukraine Produces World's Greatest Quantity of Honey Per Capita". Archived from the original on 2014-08-10.
  3. ^ UNIAN: Ukrainian honey exports on rise in H1
  4. ^ American Bee Journal: International Honey Market, May 16, 2014
  5. ^ Haydak, M.H. (1957) Petro Prokopovich – Ukrainian beekeeper, teacher and scientist. American Bee Journal 97(12): 474-475
  6. ^ Crane, E. (1999) The world history of beekeeping and honey hunting. Duckworth; London, UK.
  7. ^ The Ukraine National Beekeeping Museum

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