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Asian hornets hammer honey production in Portugal’s north and centre

The president of the National Federation of Beekeepers of Portugal (FNAP) said today that honey production in the north and centre of the country has fallen by more than 35% in recent years due to the plague of Asian hornets. “The federation has 45 members and a total of 700,000 hives nationwide. The areas with the greatest pressure from Asian hornet are the north and centre of the country. In these areas, around 200,000 hives that used to produce an average of 12 kgs of honey a year are currently producing between four and five kigs,” Manuel Gonçalves told Lusa on the sidelines of the cross-border forum “Control of the velutin wasp in Alto Minho ecosystems”. In the south, efforts are being made to prevent the arrival of Asian hornets. Manuel Gonçalves says nest elimination is the ‘only way’ for Portugal’s honey sector to survive…