The 13th edition of the Omani Honey Market concluded at the Muscat Grand Mall on Saturday.
It was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) to promote Omani products and provide a platform for interaction among honey producers and consumers. Sixty-two apiarists from different parts of the sultanate in addition to some companies specialising in supplying honey bees took part in the market. Many types of Omani honey were on display at the market.
There were also stalls for apiarists to showcase their wide variety of products. The ministry also seeks to subsidise SMEs operating in honey bee breeding and production by helping them market and finding outlets for their products.
Eng Khatir Mohammed al Alawi, Director of Agriculture and Animal Marketing Department in MoAF, said that through organising the Omani Honey Market, the ministry aims to support small and medium enterprises specialising in honey products. “Such markets help promote the Omani honey which is known for its high quality and nutritional value.” About 6,500kg of honey products underwent testing by food experts to ensure the quality of the products displayed at the market.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said that the number of beekeepers in the sultanate has reached 5,336 with 112,068 honeycombs that produced 672,208kg of honey in 2018.