As part of its effort to support Omani beekeepers, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) has set up three temporary honey markets in three commercial centres in Muscat.
‘The ministry has suspended the 15th Omani Honey Market due to the ongoing pandemic. The ministry has decided to set up three markets for selling honey. The shops are located in Lulu hypermarkets in Wadi al Lawami in the wilayat of Seeb and Amerat and Oman Avenues Mall. The ministry has also provided electronic platforms alnahaal.om and asaloman.com to market and sell honey,’ MAFWR stated.
“The objective of this initiative is to popularise Omani agricultural products and to open up new markets,” a ministry official said.
Honey sales jumped by 15.7 per cent in 2019 over 2018. Sales from the 13th Omani Honey Market, which was held in December 2019 at Muscat Grand Mall, accounted for RO142,026, while the market organised in June 2019 saw sales of RO99,000, taking the total for 2019 to RO241,026. The number of beekeepers in the sultanate was 5,336 with 112,068 honeycombs that produced 672,208kg of honey in 2018.