Farid Mujawar, the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, has announced an increase of honey production in the provinces of Shabwa and Hodeidah, which is part of larger projects to develop Yemeni exports, and is supported by the World Trade Organization in the amount of two million dollars.
The project is implemented jointly with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and in collaboration with the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya. It aims to improve wealth production among honey producers in the provinces of Shabwa and Hodeidah.
Mujawar explained that the project of honey production is carried out by the Tihama Authority Development, and the Offices of Agriculture and Irrigation in Hodeidah and Shabwa Governorates. He added that the project aims to support 1, 800 beekeepers in each province, and will give five bee colonies to each beekeeper with beekeeping tools. It will also give them materials need to improve the quality and output of the honey according to the quality standards.
He pointed the project also includes the establishment of a laboratory to control the quality of honey, in addition to a full lab in Hodeidah and Shabwa for screening process production quantities in order to enhance the production of honey. Beekeepers will be trained, and cells manufactured, which will then be and delivered to those same beekeepers over a period not lasting more than three months. Much of this will be done through educational facilities at Hadramout University.
According to honey production reports, and the development of beekeeping in the provinces of Hadramout and Mahara, the Ministry of Agriculture has provided 11, 400 beehives and distributed them to beekeepers during the current year. This is also part of a project funded by the Arab Center for Development in Arid Zones, as well as the International Islamic Bank, to support honey, and help those affected by significant rainfall in 2010.
According to the agricultural productive data, Shabwa produced 350, 316 kg of honey in 2012, while Hodeidah produced 311, 592 kg during the same year.