As many as 53 beekeepers from different parts of the country will offer over 10,000kg of honey at the 15th Omani Honey Market that will be conducted from January 28 to 31, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources.
The ministry will also provide the apiarists the opportunity to sell and promote their products on two electronic platforms – Al Nahal and Asal Oman.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Dr Hassan Talib al Lawati, head of Honey Bee Research Department at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, said, “The market will continue for four days at Muscat Grand Mall. The objective of this market is to popularise Omani agricultural products, reach out to foreign markets and open up new markets.”
He added, “We have invited 53 beekeepers from different parts of the sultanate to participate in this market. They will present many varieties of honey produced in the lowlands, mountainous regions, as well as desert and coastal areas. The beekeepers will offer about 10,500kg of honey to the visitors.
“Some private companies will also participate in the exhibition to display beekeeping tools such as beehives and gloves.”
He said that the market aims to bring together apiarists and Omani honey sellers at one place to present their products and highlight one of the most important products in the agricultural sector. Apiarists usually inherit the profession from their parents and grandparents. The market allows visitors to know about different types of honey. It will also showcase methods of packaging and marketing the product as per the modern methods.”
During the exhibition all health guidelines will be followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Lawati said.
The market will be open from 10am to 10pm.
The ministry has organised honey markets since 2014.
Sales from the Omani Honey Market held in December 2019 accounted for RO142,026.