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For seven years in a row, the Federal Institute of Agriculture from Sarajevo and the Federal Agro-Mediterranean Institute from Mostar have been organizing the competition for the best honey in FBiH. This year the awards are given also to the best young and the best female honey producer.

SARAJEVO, October 30, 2020 – Supported by the Sweden/USAID FARMA II project, the Federal Institute of Agriculture and the Federal Agro-Mediterranean Institute, announced today this year’s winners of the “Days of Honey” competition for the best honey in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

More than 80 honey samples were tested and 16 prizes were awarded in eight categories including the best meadow, chestnut, honeydew, acacia, and linden honey. For the first time, this year the awards were given also to the best young and the best female beekeepers.

"Beekeeping and the production of honey are expanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is very important for us to provide adequate support to beekeepers and help them to improve the quality and increase the quantity of honey and other beekeeping products they produce," said Omer Kurtović, Director of the Federal Institute of Agriculture from Sarajevo.

“We are still not producing sufficient quantities of quality honey to satisfy the needs of the domestic market. In 2019 we imported six times more honey than we exported, and this is a clear indication that more people in BiH should engage in the production of quality honey, young people in particular. Beekeeping is hard but a rewarding job.”

The Sweden/USAID FARMA II project trained staff of the Federal Agro-Mediterranean Institute in conducting pollen analysis of honey. The institute now conducts chemical, microbiological, and pollen analysis, all of which were used to determine the winners of the best honey competition.

“The best way for our beekeepers to improve their competitiveness is to test and certify their products. We all need to work on the promotion of quality domestic produce including honey. This way, both domestic and international consumers will learn to trust the quality of the products and appreciate the hard work of the BiH’s beekeepers,” said Marko Ivanković, Director of the Federal Agro-Mediterranean Institute from Mostar.

“I am glad that we received more than 80 samples of honey for this year's competition despite this year being difficult for all of us due to the pandemic, and beekeepers especially due to weather conditions. I am particularly proud of our young beekeepers who took part in the competition and the fact that the best young beekeeper is a woman."

The FARMA II project has been supporting the competition for the best honey in the Federation of BiH since its inception in 2016. Over the last five years, the project invested more than BAM 1.1 million in the development of the honey sector through grants and technical assistance provided to nearly 1,000 beekeepers in BiH.

The full list of this year’s “Days of Honey” competition winners is attached.

Winners of the “Days of Honey” 2020 Competition

I) Best Young Beekeeper

Selma Smlatić, Una-Sana Canton Union of Beekeepers, Velika Kladuša

II) Best Female Beekeeper

Anita Hodžić-Kurtović, Una-Sana Canton Union of Beekeepers, Cazin

III) Meadow Honey

1st place: Anton Karačić, Biletić Polje

2nd place: Emir Čolić, Association of Beekeepers Košćan, Hadžići

3rd place: Esad Kadić, Association of Beekeepers Košćan, Hadžići

IV) Chestnut Honey

1st place: Medicom Ltd, Grude

2nd place: Muharem Pripo, Association of Beekeepers Roj, Konjic

3rd place: Edis Begić, Una-Sana Canton Union of Beekeepers, Cazin

V) Honeydew Honey

1st place: Dobro Zovko, Čitluk

2nd place: Dalibor Primorac, Association of Beekeepers Matica, Grude

3rd place: Bego Borovac, Association of Beekeepers Facelija, Goražde

VI) Acacia Honey

1st place: Mirsad Fišić, Association of Beekeepers Roj, Konjic

Note: Other samples did not pass the pollen analysis.

VII) Linden Honey

1st place: Association of Beekeepers Nektar, Tuzla

Note: Other samples did not pass the pollen analysis.

VIII) Various Kinds of Honey

1st place:  Pripo Muharem, Association of Beekeepers Roj, Konjic

2nd place: Mirko Barbir, Ljubuški

3rd place: Dario Šormaz, Agricultural Household Dvije pčele, Kupres