The honey production in Las Merindades (Spain) falls by 50%
The spring rain had a double impact on the Merindades honey. For one, the production has been greatly reduced “by about 50% in my case,” said beekeeper Yolanda Martinez, second thing is that the weather this year has stopt Asian wasps, dreaded for years in the area, they have not reached the region.
The production of 2012 was “very good” said Martinez, who explained that collected 12,000 kilos of honey. However, “although it is still early, in my five hundred hives gather 6,000 kilos.” The beekeeper said that we had a spring so dire that bees could not get the nectar and pollen and are very withdrawn “and” we had to feed a lot of them with 10-12 kilos of sugar per hive. ”
Climate and weather are the main reason
However, this year the weather has prevented Asian wasps to get in the Peninsula. Angel Nava said “normally wasps moves 30 miles a year, but this year nothing,” which he attributes to the rains of spring and also methods of poisoning have been used in Vizcaya.