Even though Dhofar Governorate is under lockdown, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) has allowed Omani beekeepers to transfer their beehives to the governorate after obtaining a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MoAFWR).
In a statement, ROP said, ‘It was agreed to allow beekeepers who want to transfer their beehives to Dhofar Governorate after obtaining a permit from MoAFWR. Interested beekeepers can submit their applications to the agriculture development departments in their wilayats.’
The ROP further said that only the beekeeper’s card won’t be enough to cross border checkpoints, a permit from the ministry is also required. The permit must include drivers’ names (those who transport beehives), and only Omanis are allowed to enter, it added.
This procedure comes upon requests from the beekeepers, who want to take advantage of the climate and nature of the governorate during this period to feed bees with nectar of a variety of flowers that the Dhofar mountains are famous for. ‘This will lead to the strengthening of beehives, increasing their activity and reproduction, and the possibility of dividing them later into several hives, eventually resulting in an economic return for beekeepers,’ according to beekeepers.