Muscat, The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resources, today joined the international community in celebrating the World Bee Day, which falls on 20 May every year.
The United Nations (UN) marks this day to increase awareness about Bee pollinators and the role they play in sustainable development, the risks facing pollinators, and support taking protective measures for the safety of pollinators, which would help significantly in solving global food supply issues.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resources seeks to develop the Bees sector in Oman by conducting programs that support beekeepers, organizing orientation programs, legislating the sector, and organizing two honey markets annually in order to increase awareness about the importance of honey as both a type of food and as a contributor to the Sultanate's economy.
According to the Ministry's census, the number of beekeepers in Oman in 2020 was 6231 and the number of beehives was approximately 137,600. The quantity of honey production hit 712,551 Kg which made a market value worth RO 14,251,020.
Source: Oman News Agency