The honey bee festival on Thursday, November 25, 2021. Photos by Ghada Abdel-Kader
More than 100 exhibitors are in the spotlight in the third edition of the Egyptian Honey Festival, which was inaugurated at the Orman Botanical Garden in Giza.
The festival will run until November 28, open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Entrance to the festival is free for visitors.
Egypt is one of the main beekeeping countries in the world and the honey industry is an important source of national income.
“Egypt produces more than 15,000 tons of honey from 2 billion beehives per year, in addition to more than 1.2 billion packages of live bees,” said Fathi Beheiry, president of the Union of Arab beekeepers at Ahram Online.
Beheiry pointed out that Egypt exports 3,000 tons of honey per year to most Arab, African, American and East Asian countries, and some countries elsewhere in Asia.
âThe Ministry of Agriculture and Land Rehabilitation will implement measures and procedures to open up new markets in European countries. This will have a positive impact on national income, âBeheiry said.
This year, the motto of the festival is âBee honey, the liquid gold of Egyptâ.
The festival aspires to occupy a prominent place in the international calendar of honey and bee products, with a large participation of local and international actors.
It is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority and under the supervision of the Union of Arab Beekeepers.
More than 100 exhibitors, including those from Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Libya, attend this year’s festival, exhibiting and selling honey and other bee products at lower prices than habit.
Visitors will be able to taste and buy honey, as well as learn about the health benefits of different types of products.
âEach year there will be more exhibitors and more varieties than in previous years. This is a good opportunity for all exhibitors to gain more experience and exchange expertise, âfestival organizer Mahmoud Hassan told Ahram Online.
âThere is remarkable development and creative ways to display bee products. In addition, various beekeeping companies are improving their products and using the latest technologies in the processing, packaging and marketing of their products, âadds Hassan.
There are activities for kids and a junior beekeeper competition for kids who want to become beekeepers to learn more about bee life.
There are also scientific conferences and workshops for beekeepers, the latest beekeeping techniques and honey production.
âWe announced the festival long before the festival started. For the first time, we have a lot of trips from different companies, schools and unions, âhe says.
âBees are responsible for 60 percent of the world’s food production for humans. The decline in bee populations due to climate change poses a threat to global food security, âexplained Hassan.
“We encourage new members and the younger generation to become beekeepers to increase honey production due to the great importance of bees for the environment and agriculture,” he added.
One of the women participating in the exhibition is Amira Abdel-Razek, who owns beehives in Minya governorate. She uses honey to make new healthy foods like granola, sweet and sour pickles, honey harissa with nuts, cheese, roquefort, olive and spinach sauces.
Beekeeping expert and researcher in the field of cosmetics and complementary medicine, Dr Warda Fathi is the owner of Bees Care natural products.
She uses honey and bee products in skin care and cosmetics such as anti-aging creams, anti-wrinkle eye serums, natural deodorants, sunscreens, hair masks, hair serums, natural face scrubs, face masks, and day and night moisturizers.
âAll products are 100% natural and chemical free. It has effective results in a short period of time, âconcluded Fathi.