A growing business
In the event, which was also attended by the Undersecretary of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, John Ignatius Buffa and the general director of the Farm, Nicholas Church; Lacalle Pou highlighted the sector’s ability to overcome difficulties, with gradual growth since 2020 and the expectation that this year the activity will show an improvement again.
Nowadays, Uruguay exports about 35 million dollars to demanding markets such as European Union Y USAand the estimated production is 12,000 tons of honey per year. But, in addition to the quantitative data, the president valued the increase in quality.
For his part, Chiesa stressed that the national government maintains a particular commitment to beekeeping: since the beginning of the administration it has taken a series of measures to promote the activity and give it the place it deserves. In this regard, he mentioned that the 2022 Accountability Report incorporated the Uruguayan Beekeeping Society to the National Farm Board and that lines of credit were generated for small beekeepers to access resources.
For Buffa, along the same lines, these actions are relevant so that the sector continues to grow and can “play a fundamental role in the new national agriculture”, as he expressed at the event that was also attended by the mayor of Lavalleja and his deputy, mario garcia Y Herman Vergara; the mayor of Thirty-three, Mario Silvera; the mayor of Jose Pedro Varela, Martin Rezk; and the president of the Honorary Commission for Beekeeping Development, Nestor Causa.