By Sara Israfilbayova
The next republican exhibition and sale fair of beekeeping products will be held in Baku on October 5-28.
In accordance with the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On beekeeping”, the exhibition will be held near the Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium.
The Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan reported that such factors as the creation of better conditions for farmers to produce beekeeping products, the lack of public transport and parking problems, and the availability of an adequate infrastructure were taken into consideration during the selection of places.
Beekeeping in Azerbaijan is one of the most diverse types of agriculture. There are about 600 species of honey plants in Azerbaijan, almost 200 of which, as a source of nectar and pollen, create even greater natural opportunities for expanding beekeeping.
During the excavation in the Azykh cave where one of the most ancient settlements of the primitive man was discovered, a bowl with the bee depicted on it was found, which once again proves that beekeeping has deep roots in Azerbaijan.
The rich climate of subtropics, the riotous diversity of flora and the valuable qualities of local bees - these are the favorable natural conditions of Azerbaijan, which contributed to the maintenance of the centuries-old tradition of beekeeping in Transcaucasia.
An apiary organized in Mughan at the Caucasian silkworm station in 1889 became the center of rational beekeeping for the entire Transcaucasia.
From 1990 to 1999, beekeeping in the country decreased by 45 percent. There were many reasons for that. Most apiaries were destroyed in the area of military operations.
Currently, the Azerbaijani government does all its best to contribute to the rehabilitation and further development of beekeeping with creating favorable conditions for beekeepers.
The main task nowadays is to increase the production of honey and export it through participation of beekeepers in international markets under the ‘Made in Azerbaijan’ brand.
Sara Israfilbayova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Sara_999Is
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