Within the next period of time, the meeting of the Minister of Rural Development and Food, Lefteri Avgenakis with beekeepers.

As Mr. Avgenakis stated in his statements “I know the problems and understand the anxieties of the beekeepers of our country“noting that the two sides will meet “in order to find solutions to the sector’s chronic issues, but also to highlight the value of Greek honey”.

He emphasized that the digital submission of the application for participation and the required supporting documents and documents of the action “Equipment to facilitate movements”, intervention P2-55.3, was recently extended.

“Beekeepers need substantial support with specific measures. We are by their side, helping them in the effort to upgrade their product” he concluded.

At the same time, as announced by the FSAAT, with a decision signed by Mr. Avgenakis, the exact content and implementation details of the action “Analysis of honey and other beehive products”, of Intervention P2-55.4, in the context of the implementation of interventions in the beekeeping sector, were determined. of the approved national Strategic Plan of the Common Agricultural Policy. The purpose of the action is to upgrade the added value of beekeeping products and facilitate their marketing.

According to the same announcement, “The implementation of this decision covers the programming years from 2023 to 2027, in accordance with the approved National Strategic Plan for the Common Agricultural Policy. The approved financial limits of the total expenditure for the implementation of the action according to the financial output table of Intervention 12-55.4 of the approved S.S. CAP 2023 – 2027, are set at 300,000 Euros per year of implementation of the action, of which 50% comes from EU resources. and the remaining 50% is borne by the Public Investment Program”.

Beneficiaries are:

a) active beekeepers who have an active Activity Code Number (KAD) corresponding to the production of natural honey and other beehive products and/or to the production of bee colonies – offshoots or to the category of special status farmer

b) and agricultural beekeeping cooperatives and agricultural cooperatives or agricultural corporate partnerships that also have beekeepers as members, beekeeper producer groups, beekeeper producer organizations, social and solidarity economy bodies that are also active in the beekeeping sector, as well as organizations representing the beekeeping sector, as long as they exercise commercial activity, making available the beekeeping products produced by their members for sale (retail or wholesale) on the market and have a corresponding KAD declared.

Eligible expenses are defined as carrying out analyzes of samples of Greek honey and other hive products in accredited laboratories, with the aim of checking their physicochemical parameters, investigating the possible existence of residues of plant protection substances, antibiotics and/or other foreign and dangerous substances and checking adulteration. The laboratories must have accreditation in the subject – field of the audit carried out by them.