BUCHAREST, NNC - Romania will soon start the "Honey at School" program by offering one bottle of honey per person for 1.4 million children to encourage consumption of healthy products, said the secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
"The 'Honey at School' program has become a law and will take effect on January 1, 2019, with a new budget, allocation of 16 million euros (18.56 million US dollars) per year, and a bottle of honey containing 350 grams of thick bee honey will be given to each of the 1.4 million children," said the official, Daniel Dumitru Botanoiu, at the opening of the event organized by the Beekeepers Association in Romania, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the association.
According to the official, Romania ranked first in Europe in honey production, with more than 30,000 tons in 2017, 13 percent of European honey production, Xinhua reported - monitored by Antara in Jakarta on Saturday (9/8/2018) morning.
But honey consumption in the country is still low compared to Western and Nordic European countries.
Data from the Beekeepers Association in Romania shows that despite growth over the past two years, annual consumption of honey per head in Romania is far less, less than 1.5 kilograms, compared to consumption in the Netherlands and Belgium, two kilograms compared to consumption of honey in Germany and three kilograms in the Nordic country.