HODEIDA, June 08 (YPA) – Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation inaugurated on Thursday the first bee reserve in the Middle East for the production of medicinal honey in Hodeida province, western Yemen.
At the inauguration, Dr. Radwan Al-Rubai, deputy minister of agriculture, considered the reserve a real wealth that translates ambitions to produce medicinal honey according to standards and conditions consistent with the Quran’s vision, and is not subject to human interventions in the aspect of animal nutrition and health.
He pointed out that the aim of establishing the bee reserve is to create a model in how to raise bees, raise beekeepers’ awareness of the proper production methods of natural honey through extension and awareness programmes.
Al-Rubai noted that the selection of the Bora reserve was done to establish the first bee reserve, being one of the richest areas of Yemen in terms of environmental and biological diversity, and because of its plant diversity and fruit trees with about 315 species belonging to 83 species and 209 genera, which constitutes 10% of the total plants in Yemen.
He pointed out that the inauguration was preceded by training and qualifying 25 beekeepers, and a new batch will be trained in the coming days.
Al-Rubai revealed the political and revolutionary leadership’s readiness to establish five bee reserves, in coordination with the Environmental Protection Authority, in Saada, Dhamar, Ibb, Amran and Mahweet.