They aim to certify Beekeeping Productive Processes for a sustainable Chaco

19 May 2020

The Certificate Program for Sustainable Products of the Ministry of Territorial Development and Environment will finance the renewal of the existing organic certifications, and the hives of producers that join this system.

In the framework of the Honey Week, the Ministry of Territorial Development and Environment highlights the importance of this food value chain in caring for the environment, and its consequent sustainability that allows generating genuine and stable job sources. The portfolio details the work it does to strengthen production processes and the entire beekeeping chain and continue to position it as one of the leading regional economies.

The proposed goal of the Territorial and Environmental Development Plan is for the province to increase the production of certified organic honey by 30%, taking into account that it allows it to sell the product at a value of up to 40% more than the price of conventional food , which represents a real difference in the income of the producers.

To do this, through its Certified Sustainable Products Program, it will finance the renewal of existing organic certifications, and the hives of producers that join this system. In this way, the public-private articulation continues, which allowed Chaco to become the first organic honey producing province in the country.

A production that grows

Currently in Chaco there are about 1500 beekeepers, grouped into 27 associations and organizations. Every year 2000 tons of honey are produced, which are marketed throughout the country and exported to Europe.

As for organic honey, approximately 25% of that produced in the province is certified as such. This in turn means that Chaco leads this type of production in the country with a 37% participation. This production is exported to the European Union (although it is also certified to export to the United States) and in the 2019/20 campaign 192,500 kilograms of product (641 drums) were obtained.

The highest concentration of production of this type (70%) comes from the General Güemes department, although producers from Tres Isletas, Villa Ángela, General San Martín and Margarita Belén are also under certification, and projects are being worked on that will seek to expand the certified hives. and thus advance the goal of achieving a Sustainable Chaco.

Source: Chaco Día por Día