Myanmar ships over 20 MT of honey to Japan, South Korea in April

Myanmar conveyed 20.6 metric tons of honey valued at US$0.031 million to Japan and South Korea in April of the current financial year 2024-2025, according to the Apiculture Division under the Livestock Breeding and Veter­inary Department.


Myanmar’s honey export to Japan reached 20.1 tonnes worth $30,150, while 0.5 tonnes worth $750 were exported to South Korea.



Myanmar primarily exports honey to China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the US and Singapore. Myanmar delivered over 2,200 metric tons of hon­ey to foreign trade partners in the FY 2023-2024 (April-March), the Apiculture Division’s data showed.


Sagaing and Mandalay re­gions are the leading producers of Myanmar’s honey. Myanmar’s beekeeping businesses are also found in the Yangon, Bago, and Magway regions, as well as the Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, and Shan states. Myanmar produces ses­ame honey, jujube honey, niger honey, sunflower honey, lychee honey and flower honey.


Myanmar’s honey produc­tion is estimated at over 4,000 metric tonnes annually. Sixty per cent went to foreign markets, while the remaining was desig­nated for domestic consumption.


Honey is utilized as a tradi­tional medicine in the country. Myanmar’s honey fetched $2,500- $3,000 per tonne in the external market.


There are some state-owned beekeeping stations with 6,200 beehives in 31 townships and over 950 private beekeeping businesses operating with nearly 200,000 beehives.


Moreover, two million acres of crops yearly contribute to bee pollination every year. The bee­keeping businesses near the crop fields contribute to the successful yield of the crop as well as quality bee production. — NN/EM