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In Romania, beekeeping began very early, the conditions for keeping bees being favorable. According to the historical sources, the Thracians and the Dacians, the ancestors of the romanian people kept bees and obtained honey and wax.

The petrified honeycombs and the works of antiquity historians like Herodotus, Xenofon or Virgilius are proving that beekeeping was an important occupation on the actual territory of Romania in that times. Herodotus wrote in 425 BC that the territory from accros Danube (Istros or Istru or Hister or Danaistru) is occupied by bees and because of them one cannot go farther. [1]

Number of hives of bees Edit

In 1984 Romania had 1 279 000 hives [2] on an area of 238 000 km 2.

Honey yield per hive Edit

The annual yeald per hive was of 12 kg in 1984 and the average hive density was of 5.4 hives per km 2.

Notes Edit

  1. Fontes, II , p. 416417
  2. Eva Crane, Bees and beekeeping, 1990, pg. 31

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