Celebrating the World Honey Day, which falls on May 20 every year, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) said that the total worth of honey sold in the sultanate during 2020 touched RO14,251,020.
According to ministry statistics, the number of beekeepers in the sultanate reached 6,231 with 137,600 honeycombs that produced 712,551kg of honey.
The ministry has been organising honey markets annually since 2014. 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.
According to ministry statistics, the number of beekeepers in the sultanate was 5,336 with 112,068 honeycombs that produced 672,208kg of honey in 2018.
MAFWR recently signed an agreement with Oman-Indian Fertilizer Company with the aim of supporting the honey industry.
Through the agreement, beekeepers 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 pact also aims to enhance the technical skills of beekeepers and beekeeping-related institutions, low-income families and family projects.