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Thailand Honey



Thailand Honey

Thailand honey is given especially by the 4 native bees that can ne found in this country: apis florae, apis dorsata, apis andreniformis and apis cerana.

In the local markets the Thais can still find native honey.

To test the purity of the honey, the local sellers check if the honey flares up; for that, they dip a match inside the honey and strike the match.

There are two types of Thailand honey: forest honey and natural honey.


The most expansive is the apis dorsata, which costs $1.8 per 720 ml. The apis florae contains many pupae and larvae as well as some adult bees added to obtain the honey and can be seen on markets, every Sunday.


The most of the trades with honey is local and the forestry departments control and organise the honey collection. The forest honey can be considered as organic for the international trade if it has a quality and a production that can be competitive on market and can successfully integrate the forest management and the beekeeping.


Thailand Honey

The mellifera bee was introduced in Thailand in the 80s, today the Northern of the country being the place where the apiculture has an industry that grows fast.


A study made in Chiang Mai, which is a large province in the Thailand’s North showed that beekeeping costs about $409/hive.


China is the biggest honey producer but Vietnam and Thailand already begun to be a strong concurrent.


Thailand can produce about 10.000 tonnes of honey every year, 2.000 tonnes being exported. 


The health authorities from the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States test with regularity the Thailand honey as well as the honey coming from Argentina, Vietnam, India, China and Mexico; this is because in some honey coming from China were found low levels of chloramphenicol, an antibiotic, the FDA’s tolerance policy for such antibiotics being zero.


The cultured Thailand honey is given by the Apis Cerana and Apis Mellifera, two honey bee species who love the sunflowers, the lychees, the sab-sue and the longan. The Thailand government has an important role in the honey industry, as well as the Ministry of Agriculture and the NBACFS (the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards). There are also organizations which take care of the honey quality, trade, improvement and of the consumers’ protection. The Thai department of livestock has numerous functions such as: accreditation body, the management of the bee’s health,

Honey Thailand

evaluates the bee farms’ standard in association with the Ministry of Agriculture, the evaluation of the chemical residue before adding the shelves.  The Thai honey must respect the international standards of honey: the acidity, the content of water insoluble solids, the diastase activity, the proline content, the moisture content, the confidence and credit in products, the ash (mineral)content, the specific rotation, the imported honey bee products quarantine system as well as the imported bee’s quarantine system, the content of hydroxymethylfurfural, the lack of knowledge regarding the beekeeping, pests and diseases.



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