To support beekeepers, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) will set up outlets to sell honey in two commercial centres in Muscat from August 24 to 31.
The objective of this initiative is to popularise local agricultural products and offer new marketing avenues to citizens.
This will be the second time around the ministry provides marketing outlets to support beekeepers. This year, the outlets are located in Muscat Grand Mall and Oman Avenues Mall.
According to an official of MAFWR, beekeepers must display their honey in glass containers with the production and expiry dates written on it.
For inspection of the honey, beekeepers have to deliver samples to the ministry’s warehouse in Ghala, in the wilayat of Bausher, from 8am to 1pm from August 4 to 9.
The business hours of the outlets will be 10am to 8pm. The ministry has decided to limit the number of honey sellers to 50 per cent of 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MAFWR urged all participating beekeepers to follow preventive measures, such as wearing mask and providing customers hand sanitisers.
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 a market organised in June 2019 saw sales of RO99,000, taking the total for 2019 to RO241,026.
There were 5,336 beekeepers in the sultanate with 112,068 honeycombs that produced 672,208kg of honey in 2018
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