Government initiative increases honey production by several times
Doha: The initiative of the Ministry of Municipality has succeeded in increasing local honey production in several ways, from 2.5 tonnes in 2013 to 16.2 tonnes in 2021.
The National Bee Project initiative was launched by the Department of Agricultural Affairs of the Ministry in 2012 to protect bees and other pollinators and to support local apiaries to increase honey production.
This emerged from a report released by the ministry demonstrating the Department’s achievements in protecting bees and promoting beekeeping in the country on the occasion of World Bee Day 2022 which falls on May 20.
To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN has designated May 20 as World Bee Day.
The aim is to strengthen measures to protect bees and other pollinators, which would contribute significantly to solving problems related to the world’s food supply and eliminating hunger in developing countries.
As part of the national bee project, the ministry distributed 1,729 hives to local apiaries. Bee farms also received four grants to encourage them to increase honey production to ensure the country’s self-sufficiency. No less than 171 local beekeeping farms have benefited from the ministry’s initiative.
The Ministry of Municipalities and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change have joined the world in marking World Bee Day 2022, showing their determination to protect bees and other pollinators.
The idea behind running the National Honeybee Project initiative is to provide beehives and other necessary equipment to local apiaries that produce honey for commercial purposes. The ministry also provided training on the latest beekeeping techniques to apiaries and special boxes to better market their products.
There are three types of honey in Qatar – Sidr, Samur and Al Rabi depending on the seasonal flowers and Sidr honey is produced in large quantities in Qatar and has the highest demand.
Qatar has two honey harvesting seasons. Sidr honey is harvested in November and Al Rabi and Al Samur honey is harvested in May.
World Bee Day is celebrated to draw attention to the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy.
This day is an opportunity for governments, organizations, civil society and activists around the world to promote actions that will protect and enhance pollinators and their habitats, enhance their abundance and diversity and support the sustainable development of the beekeeping.