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A workshop for beekeeping and honey production took place over the weekend in conjunction with the 3rd Asir Honey Festival, held annually under the patronage of His Royal Highness Faisal bin Khalid, Amir of Saudi Arabia’s Asir Province. Playing a key part in the workshop was King Saud University’s Chair of Engineer Abdullah Ahmad Bagshan for Bee Research, whose faculty informed participants about modern methods of raising honey bees and harvesting honey.
As many of the Festival's visitors were amateur and professional beekeepers, the workshop offered a unique opportunity to learn about practical beekeeping methods and important advances in this field. Dr. Ahmad Al-Khazim, director of KSU’s Bee Research Unit and supervisor for the Bagshan Research Chair, stated that individual workshops took place in a number of the Kingdom’s regions at the request of various regional government offices for agriculture, as well as chambers of commerce. By organizing workshops in such a way, beekeepers around nation are connected with university and expert knowledge, research and resources to the needs of various Saudi communities and their agricultural needs.
King Saud University faculty participating in the workshops included Mohammad Omar, Abdul Salam Anwar and Dr. Yahya, as well as doctoral students Nofal Bayaqhob and Mahmoud Al-Kilani, who made scientific presentations and modeled practical beekeeping applications. The professors covered topics such as modern beekeeping techniques, effective disease diagnosis, methods for the prevention and control of pests and the maximizing the use of honey bee products.
Governor of Rijaal Alma’ Muhammad Al-Mathami inaugurated the Honey Festival on Thursday, saying that the success of the event is largely due to the support of Prince Faisal Bin Khaled Bin Abdul Aziz, the Emir of Asir, as well as the Saudi Commission of Tourism and Antiquities and the Ministry of Agriculture. The workshop was held at the invitation of the General Directorate of Agriculture, Asir.