Lime Honey for Sustainable Development of Danube Micro Region
Lime honey from Fruska Gora, due to its benefitial high level of lime tree nectar, represents valuable development resource of Danube region in Serbia in a field of food production and tourism development. European Union supported the project with the grant ammount of over 170.000 euros (the overall value of the project is 222.000 euros) through the Socio-economic Development of Danube Serbia Region project, implemented by Austrian Development Agency. The project aims to strenghten capacities of bee keepers’ associations in the Fruska Gora region, honey producers and educational and research institutions who are dealing with bee keeping industry. This goal will be achieved through trainings, provision of lab and bee keeping equipment, production and quality control and also raised visibility of Fruska Gora’ lime honey at the market.
Project is implemented by the City of Novi Sad, in cooperation with eight bee-keepers’ associations from Novi Sad, Sremski Karlovci, Backa Palanka, Ruma, Erdevik, Sremska Mitrovica and Indjija, Faculties of Agriculture and Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Novi Sad and Agricultural School from Futog, and company AZA Ltd, associate at the Project. Project will be implemented in the period from September 2103 to February 2015. The expected results are significant affect on development and streghtening of rural areas with the goal of equal development of the region and reduced migrations from rural to urban areas. This project will also strenghten food processing industry in this area and overall economic development of Danube Serbia region.
Miodrag Čupić, President of the bee-keepers’ association “Jovan Živanović” from Novi Sad says that „this Project supports positioning of the lime honey, as a product of unique quality, at domestic and European markets. It also supports development of enterpreneurship and improves the working conditions in the honey production industry“.