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Dhahirah sees growth in honey production in 2023

13 Mar 2024 Dhahirah sees growth in honey production in 2023

Muscat – Dhahirah governorate witnessed a remarkable surge in local honey production in 2023, reaching a total of approximately 56.3 tonnes, consisting of 33.8 tonnes of Samar honey and 22.5 tonnes of Sidr honey.

Valued at over RO920,000, this bumper harvest signals a promising outlook for the region’s beekeeping industry.

With favorable weather conditions and increased vegetation cover following ample rainfall, authorities anticipate a further boost in honey bee productivity in the upcoming season. The General Directorate of Agricultural Wealth and Water Resources in Dhahirah governorate reported a total of 948 registered beekeepers, managing 22,544 beehives by the end of last year.

In a bid to empower rural women, ten families benefited from the ‘Raising and Production of Honeybees for Rural Women’ project, offering technical training and economic opportunities. Additionally, the Development Bank supported 25 honey bee breeding projects, aiding young entrepreneurs in establishing or expanding their beekeeping activities.

Licenced bee supply shops saw a surge in activities, with 13 new establishments opening in 2023, reflecting a growing interest in bee-related products among consumers. Furthermore, the Social Development Committee in the wilayat of Ibri collaborated with the General Directorate of Agricultural Wealth and Water Resources to support women in agricultural projects, providing essential equipment for beekeeping endeavors.

It is worth noting that honey beekeeping is considered one of the ancient professions in Oman and serves as a primary source of income for many families in this field. It contributes significantly to supporting the national economy by meeting the local market’s demand for honey and exporting any surplus outside the Sultanate of Oman.

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