Muscat: An agreement was inked between Oman's Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) and Oman India Fertiliser Company (OIFC) to support the honey industries in the Sultanate.
The pact was signed in cooperation with the Office of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA).
The agreement was signed by Dr Ahmed bin Nasser Al Bakri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources for Agriculture, and Said bin Talib Al-Ma’awali, Chairman of OIFC Board of Directors.
The project aims to address some of the challenges facing the honey industry in the Sultanate 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 project will provide support to beekeepers to develop a common vision and action plan through a series of multi-stakeholder workshops to have sustainable and economic beekeeping.
The project also aims to enhance the technical skills of beekeepers and beekeeping-related institutions, low-income families and family projects, in addition to honey bee technicians in agriculture departments, which results in the adoption of good agricultural practices in beekeeping.