They say the present marketing and advertising outlets supplied by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries are great and have referred to as for much more such initiatives.
MoAF announced that three,498kg of Omani honey worth RO75,980 was sold this year.
Muscat Daily spoke to a handful of apiarists at the industry that concluded on Saturday. An apiarist from Mudhaibi, Ibrahim Ahmed al Habsi feels beekeepers require larger platforms than the present ones.
“The Omani Honey Market is a good opportunity for us to showcase our products, but it is held for a shorter duration. We need more number of days, so that we can reach out to more customers.”
Importing of non-native bees by some traders is also a hurdle. “Some traders are importing non-Omani bees from neighbouring countries. Some of these bees carry diseases that infect Omani bees,” stated Habsi.
Another apiarist, Mohammed Sabih Said al Jahouri from Saham also, stated lack of sufficient exhibitions and other marketing and advertising outlets is a hindrance.
“We produce more than 1,500kg of honey every year. But we need to take part in more exhibitions and market our products to a wider audience to expand our business. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries holds two exhibitions a year in Muscat. They should now have more such exhibitions in each of the different governorates.”
Jahouri stated it is also crucial to minimize the import of honey.
Ahmed bin Abdullah Said al Maamari from Ibri stated the exhibitions are a great way of connecting with customers. “Such exhibitions are also a great medium of exchanging experiences with other Omani beekeepers.
“We have customers who go to our stalls each and every year. We do not get a lot profit as the price of creating a kilo of honey is RO23 and we sell it about RO25. I want Omani Honey Market is also held in other components of the sultanate such as Dhofar specifically throughout the khareef season,” stated Maamari.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is creating all efforts to make certain that Omani honey maintains its high quality.
Dr Hassan Talib al Lawati, the head of bee analysis at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries stated, “We have taken honey samples from the beekeepers and sent them to the laboratory. This will ensure that Omani honey meets the required quality requirements.”
Speaking about the lack of exhibitions, Dr Lawati stated, “We have two major seasons for honey in a year (Sidr and Al Samar). So, we hold two exhibitions, one in June and the other in November. We have also asked the beekeepers to provide us with their details so that we can communicate with them. All this will help us promote their products.”
On the the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’s choice to hold all exhibitions in Muscat, Dr Lawati stated, “We had held an exhibition in Salalah earlier, but the turnout was poor. We chose Muscat because the turnout is better. Beekeepers attend these exhibitions from across the sultanate, so the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries provides them with free space and also provides them hotel accommodations.”
Dr Lawati stated that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries routinely holds workshops on ailments that impact Omani bees. “The ministry also provides free treatment to all Omani beekeepers,” stated Dr Lawati.
Information Source: Muscat Daily