Monday, December 6, 2021

Egypt's honey festival provides new marketing, exporting opportunities for producers - Global Times

The third edition of the Egyptian Honey Festival, organized by the Arab Beekeepers Union, started on Wednesday at the Orman Botanical Garden in Giza Province near the capital Cairo, providing new marketing and exporting opportunities for honey producers, according to a statement by the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation.

Titled Egypt's Liquid Gold, the five-day festival has attracted more than 130 exhibitors from the most prestigious Egyptian and Arab companies of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Libya and Lebanon.

"The festival builds the connection between honey producers and both local and international organizations interested in food industries, including banks, export councils and commerce chambers," Alaa Azoz, head of the agricultural guidance with the ministry of agriculture, told Xinhua.

The beekeepers' bodies attending the event are expected to discuss means of advancing the honey industry and removing obstacles to exporting Egyptian honey, Azoz said.

Egyptian honey boasts a good reputation in most countries and targets doubled exports, he added.

Fathy Behari, chairman of the Arab Beekeepers Union and president of the organizing committee of the festival, noted that the beekeeping sector in Egypt employs more than 25,000 families.

Egypt produces 15,000 tons of honey annually, out of which 2,500 tons is exported to other Arab countries and the United States, according to Behari.

"Our main goal is to encourage the culture of beekeeping...

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