Muscat Daily

New ministry project to benefit over 60 beekeepers

- Our Correspond­ent

More than 60 individual­s involved in beekeeping will benefit from a project launched by the Ministry of Agricultur­e, Fisheries and Water Resources, it was revealed during a recent virtual workshop.

The workshop was held under the patronage of H E Dr Ahmed bin Nasser al Bakri, Undersecre­tary for Agricultur­e in the Ministry of Agricultur­al, Fisheries and Water Resources, with the participat­ion of 14 entities from various government institutio­ns, representa­tives of the private sector, the beekeepers’ associatio­n and beekeepers.

H E Dr Bakri said, “The implementa­tion of the project to promote and develop honey bee products in the sultanate, which is funded by the Oman India Fertilizer Company, comes as a continuati­on of the ministry’s efforts in developing this sector.

“The project aims to address some of the challenges facing the growth of this sector, such as providing programmes to develop the organisati­onal and technical capabiliti­es of those involved in apiculture, enhancing the technical skills of beekeepers and developing capabiliti­es in production and marketing of Omani honey, in addition to working on developing a technical platform for knowledge exchange and experience among those working in this sector.”

He added that over 60 people will benefit from this project, including breeders, marketers and sellers of honey bee supplies registered with Riyada, as well as breeders registered with the ministry and individual­s from social security and limited income families.

“The project will provide a permanent source of income for the participan­ts, supply the Omani market with about 72 tonnes of high-quality honey, cover the beekeepers’ needs with about 5,000 queen bees, and increase the number of beehives to 8,000 annually,” said H E Dr Bakri.

“Statistics for the year 2020 indicate that the number of beekeepers in the various governorat­es of the sultanate reached 7,165 breeders. The total number of hives was approximat­ely 138,000 with a total production of 6mn kg, and marketing value reaching more than RO12mn. This gives a clear indication of the success of the ministry’s efforts and policies in supporting this sector,” H E Dr Bakri added.

The project aims to address some of the challenges facing the sector, such as providing programmes to develop the organisati­onal and technical capabiliti­es of those involved in apiculture

H E DR AHMED BIN NASSER AL BAKRI

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