Omani honey tastes success with silver medal at global contest

September 10, 2019

An Omani honey company has put the country on the world apiculture map by winning silver at the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress being held in Montréal, Canada from September 8-12.

National Natural Honey Company, led by Mohammed Tariq al Shanfari, won the second place globally for best quality honey.

World Beekeeping Awards is the global contest of all things related to beekeeping. It is held every two years under the auspices of Apimondia International Apicultural Congress.

 

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Shanfari said the competition was very tough compared to the previous years. All the honey samples were subjected to physical and chemical examination. “I am honoured to raise the flag of the sultanate high at this international stage. We have achieved second place globally in the competition of the best quality honey,” he said.

Shanfari said that Omani honey will always be at the forefront as the country has a distinguished environment for raising bees and producing the finest honey. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Public Authority for SME Development (Riyada), Al Raffd Fund have all congratulated Shanfari on his accomplishment and bringing laurels to the country.

The company had won the bronze medal for the best honey at the International Beekeepers Association (Apimondia) in 2017. ‘We have put our company and the Sultanate of Oman on the world map. With the stewardship of our chairman and with the help of a leadership team and human resources, we still have a lot to achieve in the years to come,’ the company had stated.

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The congress is the largest international beekeeping gathering, which brings together more than 6,000 speakers from 80 countries, representing the four corners of the world, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

At the congress, several programmes are being held to highlight the latest technological advances, the main biological, scientific, environmental and socio-economic issues facing the entire global industry today.

The theme of the 46th edition focuses on the importance of combining expertise and skills to contribute to the development of apiculture. Their programme covers a wide range of topics of interest to researchers, beekeepers and consumers.

Among the many topics on the agenda for this 46th edition, some of them are: the progress of genomics in beekeeping science, the impact of pesticides on bees, the selection for resistance to house dust mites and diseases, the detection and prevention of honey fraud, conservation of pollinators, beekeeping without treatment, citizen science and bees.

There are several contest classes, that include different types of honey, beeswax, meads and other honey beverage, cosmetics and medicines. There are contest for best innovations and inventions in apiculture, for books and magazines. The most prestigious award is Carl and Virginia Webb Honey Bowl, the winner of which receives an official title ‘Best Honey in the World’.