The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) on Tuesday signed an agreement with Oman-Indian Fertilizer Company (OMIFCO) with the aim of supporting the honey industry in the sultanate.
The pact was signed in cooperation with the Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA).
The agreement was signed by H E Dr Ahmed bin Nasser al Bakri, Undersecretary for Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, and Said bin Talib al Ma’awali, chairman of OMIFCO Board of Directors.
Through the agreement, beekeepers (men and women) will receive support to build a common vision and action plan through a series of participatory multi-stakeholder workshops to encourage sustainable and economic beekeeping.
The agreement aims to address some of the challenges facing the honey industry in line with the agricultural and rural development strategy 2040, its investment plan, FAO strategic objectives and the provision of capacity building programmes with a focus on the organisational and technical aspects.
The project also aims to enhance the technical skills of beekeepers and beekeeping-related institutions, low-income families and family projects, in addition to honey bee technicians in agriculture departments, which results in the adoption of good agricultural practices.
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