Beekeeping, a centuries-old tradition in Azerbaijan`s Caucasus Mountains
Baku, April 4, AZERTAC
A dynamic subtropical climate, abundant and diverse flora, and highly-valued native honeybees are just a few of the natural advantages that have made beekeeping a centuries-old tradition in Azerbaijan`s Caucasus Mountains.
Beekeeping occupies an inherent place in the development of the country’s agricultural sector. Historically, Azerbaijani beekeepers populated their apiaries with native Caucasian honeybees, which are well-known a strong and industrious honey producer.
Honey is used in the treatment of many diseases in folk medicine as well as in our daily lives. During the excavation in the Azikh 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.
Currently, Azerbaijan is doing its best to contribute to the rehabilitation and further development of beekeeping by creating favorable conditions for beekeepers.
There are about 600 species of honey plants in Azerbaijan, of which almost 200, as a source of nectar and pollen, create even greater natural opportunities for the development of beekeeping.
Annual honey production in the country is 3,000 tons, and honey consumption is 5,000 tons. Most of bee families are located in Zagatala, Astara, Khizi, Gakh, Lerik and Balakan districts.