The second edition of Souq Waqif Honey Exhibition kicked off on Thursday. The Exhibition is organized by the Private Engineering Office (PEO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy and Commerce and with the participation of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment. The event will conclude on March 7.
A total of 124 companies from 20 countries are taking part in the second edition, an increase of 77 per cent compared to the previous edition. This exhibition aims to support the Qatari product, introducing the public to local honey producing companies and providing the opportunity for traders, entrepreneurs, and small and medium enterprises to present their products of honey and related industries to the public.
More than 25 local farms show their products of local natural honey, which is characterized by its good quality, emphasizing the success of the project of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment in support of the farms in the country, adding that all Qatari farms participating in this exhibition have pure natural honey, characterized by its good quality.
Assistant Undersecretary of Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani pointed out that the Ministry of Municipality and Environment started in 2013 with the distribution of all beekeeping requirements, which contributed to the enhancement of farms capacity and the start of production in commercial quantities, pointing out that more than 150 farms benefit from this support.
Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani announced a joint project to be implemented soon to raise bee queens, in order to increase the number of bees and to increase the production of large quantities of natural honey to cover the local market. He added that they brought samples of queens and tested the extent of their compatibility with the Qatari environment, and the experience was successful, and this will contribute to the enhancement of self-sufficiency of bees.
The support for bee farms is part of the country's food security strategy, he said, adding that the country achieved high levels of self-sufficiency in some agricultural and animal products, the food security strategy is proceeding successfully, and Qatar achieved many of the objectives of the National Food Security Program (QNFSP).
Khalid Saif Al Suwaidi, General Supervisor of Souq Waqif Honey Exhibition 2019, noted the great turnover for the exhibition and the start of sales before the official opening, adding that this confirms the local consumer confidence and keenness on buying different types of honey coming from different countries around the world.
The exhibition is open to the public from 9 am to 10 pm, except Fridays from 3 pm to 11 pm.
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