More than 100 exhibitors are featured in the third edition of the Egyptian honey festival, which was inaugurated at the Orman Botanical Garden in Giza.
The festival will run until 28 November, which is open to the public from 10 am to 9 pm every day.
Entrance to the festival is free to visitors.
Egypt is one of the world’s leading bee-keeping countries, and the honey industry is an important source of national income.
“Egypt produces more than 15,000 tons of honey from 2 billion beehives annually in addition to more than 1.2 billion live bee packages,” Fathi Beheiry, chairman of the Arab Beekeepers Union told Ahram Online.
Beheiry stressed 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.
“The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation will implement measures and procedures to open new markets in European countries. It will have a positive impact on the national income,” Beheiry said.
This year the festival’s motto is “Bee honey, Egypt’s liquid gold.”
The festival aspires to occupy a distinguished position on the international calendar of honey and bee products, with widespread participation of local and international actors.
It is held under the auspices Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Egyptian Authority of Tourism Promotion and under the supervision of the Arab Beekeepers Union.
More than 100 exhibitors, including those from Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Libya, are participating in this year’s festival, displaying and selling honey and other bee products at lower prices than usual.
Visitors will be able to taste and buy honey, as well as learn about the health benefits of the different kinds of products.
“Every year there will be more exhibitors and more varieties than the previous years. It is a good opportunity for all exhibitors to gain more experience and exchange expertise,” festival organiser Mahmoud Hassan told Ahram Online.
“There is remarkable development and creative ways of exhibiting bee products. Also, different bee companies improve their products and use the latest technologies in processing, packaging, and marketing their products,” Hassan adds.
There are activities for children and a junior beekeeper contest for the children who are interested in becoming beekeepers to know more the life of the bees.
There are also scientific symposiums and workshops for beekeepers, latest techniques in apiculture and honey production.
“We announced the festival a long period before the beginning of the festival. For the first time, we have many trips from different companies, schools, and syndicates,” he says.
“Bees are responsible for 60 percent of world food production for humans. The decline of bee populations due to climate change poses a threat to global food security,” Hassan explained.
“We encourage new members and the younger generation to be become beekeepers to increase honey production due to the big importance of bees for the environment and agriculture,” he added.
One of the woman participating in the exhibition is Amira Abdel-Razek, who owns beehives in the Minya governorate. She uses honey to make healthy new foods like granola, sweet and sour pickles, honey harissa with nuts, cheese, Roquefort, olive and spinach sauces.
Bee 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 skincare and cosmetics such as anti-aging creams, anti-wrinkle eye serums, natural deodorant, sun block cream, hair mask, hair serum, natural facial scrubs, facial masks and moisturizing day and night creams.
“All products are 100 percent natural and chemical free. It has effective results in short time,” Fathi concluded.