Beekeeping in Kyrgyzstan – 2019- First Day Cover
Bees produce Honey which is a unique food and therapeutic. Their role in agriculture is no less important , Bees pollinate plants which increases their yield by 30-50 % and also improves quality of seeds. Kyrgyz honey is among the best in the world. The At-Bashi white mountain honey was awarded the Gold Medal in 2013 at the XLIII International Apimondia Congress. The Kyrgyz was also awarded the highest appreciation at 44th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress.
Honeybees were first brought to Kyrgyzstan , Przewalski County by Russian Settlers in 1870’s .In southern parts it was only started in early 20th Century. In early 1990s there were 12,000 beekeepers producing 12,000 tons honey per year. It dropped down drastically after Soviet break up and in recent times 1,000 beekeepers are producing 3000 tonnes of honey per year.
Kyrgyzstan issued three stamps on Bee Keeping in 2019. A FDC is listed,
Date of Issue 28 Oct 2019