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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 2:52 p.m., Monday, March 26, 2007

Hawai'i honey sales fall 34% to $1.1 million in 2006

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i honey sales fell an estimated 34 percent to $1.1 million in 2006, according to the Hawai'i Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Honey production fell 21 percent to 930,000 pounds.

Production was hurt by six weeks of rainfall from late February through March, which hindered pollen gathering efforts of honey bees. Producers received an average $1.19 per pound in 2006, down 17 percent from 2005. Beeswax production amounted to 29,000 pounds, which was 19,000 pounds more than 2005. The average price of beeswax was $2.38 per pound, which was 31 percent higher than 2005. Beeswax farm sales totaled $69,000.