Canadian Honey Harvest Sours
OTTAWA - Dec 7/16 - SNS -- The total value of honey produced in Canada fell from $210.5 million in 2015 to $157.8 million in 2016, a decrease of 25.0%, according to Statistics Canada.
The decline in value was attributable to the lower prices received at farmgate. Alberta, the largest honey producing province, saw honey value decline 32.8%. In Manitoba, the value was down 35.2%.
Production reached 92.2 million pounds in 2016, compared with 92.0 million pounds in 2015. The number of colonies increased 3.3% from 2015 to 750,155. On average, each colony had a yield of 123 pounds of honey, 4 pounds less than in 2015.
There were 9,859 beekeepers in 2016, 1,244 more than in 2015.