Reef Saudi launches bee clinics in major cities in Kingdom

Special Reef Saudi launches bee clinics in major cities in Kingdom
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The launch of the four clinics aims to protect bees from disease and pests. (SPA)
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Reef Saudi launches bee clinics in four regions in the kingdom to provide examination, diagnosis, and guidance services to beekeepers. (SPA)
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Since the launch of the bee clinics, 6016 samples have been received. (SPA)
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Updated 23 November 2023
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Reef Saudi launches bee clinics in major cities in Kingdom

Reef Saudi launches bee clinics in major cities in Kingdom
  • Reef Saudi has launched bee clinics in Jeddah, Jazan, Madinah and Abha
  • Clinics will provide beekeepers with a guide manual, collect and examine samples

RIYADH: The Sustainable Agricultural Rural Development Program, or Reef Saudi, has launched bee clinics in Jeddah, Jazan, Madinah and Abha, providing examination, diagnosis, guidance and aids to beekeepers, and empowering small producers.

The bee clinics will provide beekeepers with a guide manual, collect and examine samples, send instructions for development according to the samples, develop and update a database of pests and diseases affecting bees, and alert relevant departments if needed.

The launch of the four clinics aims to protect the “bee wealth” of the Kingdom from diseases and pests, increase the number of local bee colonies to contribute to achieving self-sufficiency and maintain and operate mobile clinics, providing examination services to beekeepers in their locations.

“I am thankful to the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture for their continued support to farmers in the Kingdom,” said Hasan Al-Qarni, owner of Azhar Tabuk apiaries.

“Bee clinics serve us greatly as beekeepers, from diagnosing bee diseases, guiding beekeepers, examining bees, providing consultation to beekeepers, developing sustainable solutions and overcoming challenges faced by us as beekeepers in the Kingdom,” he said.

Al-Qarni recently won first place in the Arab honey competition, competing against beekeepers from several Arab countries. He also won a gold medal and third place in beehive product innovations, a clear result of the support provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water for beekeepers in the Kingdom.

Reef Saudi, targeting the honey sector, has succeeded in making remarkable progress toward food security and self-sufficiency at a rate of 49 percent.

The volume of honey production increased from 2,100 tons in 2020 to 3,748 tons this year, with the program aiming to produce 7,500 tons of honey by 2026.

According to the Reef Saudi program, since the recent launch of the bee clinics, 6,016 samples have been received, and among them, exploratory, preliminary and confirmatory examinations have been conducted, along with developing a database for diseases and pests found during survey campaigns.

The Reef program aims to support, qualify and enhance the capabilities of farmers and rural families to improve the agricultural sector, increase efficiency and productivity, and elevate the standard of living and lifestyle of small farmers, making it possible for farmers and beekeepers to access markets, agricultural services and resources.

Reef plays a crucial role in advancing crop cultivation across Saudi Arabia.


Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season
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Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

Visa holders may not enter Makkah around Hajj season

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced visit visa holders will not be allowed to enter or remain in Makkah during the Hajj season.

Between May 23 and June 21, only pilgrims with Hajj permits may do so, with penalties imposed on anyone violating the rules.

The ministry emphasized that visit visas did not give the holder permission to perform Hajj. It also urged visitors currently in Saudi Arabia to avoid travel to Makkah during the specified period.

“Violators will be subject to penalties according to the Kingdom’s regulations,” said a statement from the ministry.

Earlier, the Ministry of Interior said it would start imposing fines amounting to $2,666 on anyone, including Saudi citizens, caught entering Makkah without a Hajj permit between June 2-20.


Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact

Saudi Arabia and Austria sign economic-cooperation pact
  • The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna
  • The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s Ministry of Economy and Planning has signed a cooperation agreement with its Austria counterpart, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The pact was inked at the ninth session of the Saudi-Austrian Joint Committee in Vienna between the Kingdom’s Economy and Planning Minister Faisal bin Fadel Al-Ibrahim and Austria’s Labor and Economy Minister Martin Kocher.

The parties aim to encourage cooperation in trade, industry, research and development, tourism, and small and medium enterprises.

The countries will also organize conferences and seminars featuring experts in their fields.

The parties are committed to protecting mutual intellectual property rights, the SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia and Austria first signed economic, commercial, industrial and technology agreements in 2004.


Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership

Saudi Arabia reelected to Global Research Council leadership
  • The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting

RIYADH: The Kingdom has retained its leadership position in the Global Research Council, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The governing board voted unanimously to reelect Vice Chairman Munir bin Mahmoud Eldesouki at the body’s 12th annual meeting in Interlaken, Switzerland this week.

The reelection to this position, for the second time since the body’s establishment in 2012, confirms the council’s confidence in Saudi Arabia, the SPA reported.

The council highlighted Saudi Arabia’s efforts in promoting research, development and innovation in the Middle East North Africa region, the report added.

The council comprises heads of research institutions that fund projects globally.


King Salman issues royal order to host 1,000 family members of Palestinian victims for Hajj

King Salman issues royal order to host 1,000 family members of Palestinian victims for Hajj
Updated 29 May 2024
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King Salman issues royal order to host 1,000 family members of Palestinian victims for Hajj

King Salman issues royal order to host 1,000 family members of Palestinian victims for Hajj
  • The gesture is part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah
  • Since its inception 26 years ago, more than 60,000 pilgrims have been hosted under the program

RIYADH: King Salman ordered the hosting of 2,322 Hajj pilgrims on Tuesday, including 1,000 family members of Palestinians killed or wounded by Israel or held in Israeli prisons.

1,300 people from over 88 countries and 22 family members of conjoined twins who were separated in the Kingdom will also be hosted for the pilgrimage, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The gesture is part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, which is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance.

Since its inception 26 years ago, more than 60,000 pilgrims have been hosted under the program.

Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah, and Guidance Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikhb said the order reflects the Saudi leadership’s constant care for Muslims around the world and its efforts to strengthen unity and brotherhood among Muslims by bringing them together for Hajj at the expense of the king.

The minister said preparations to host these pilgrims have begun and a strategic plan has been developed.


Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s continued acts of genocide in Rafah 

Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s continued acts of genocide in Rafah 
Updated 29 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s continued acts of genocide in Rafah 

Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s continued acts of genocide in Rafah 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned on Tuesday the Israeli forces’ continued “genocidal massacres against the Palestinian people without deterrence” by targeting the tents of defenseless Palestinian refugees in Rafah.

The Kingdom holds the Israeli authorities fully responsible for what is happening in Rafah and all the occupied Palestinian territories, a foreign ministry statement read.

Israel’s military denied striking a tent camp west of the city of Rafah on Tuesday after Gaza health authorities said Israeli tank shelling had killed at least 21 people there, in what Israel has designated a civilian evacuation zone.

Earlier, defying an appeal from the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Israeli tanks advanced to the heart of Rafah for the first time after a night of heavy bombardment, while Spain, Ireland and Norway officially recognized a Palestinian state, a move that further deepened Israel’s international isolation.

Saudi Arabia reiterated that the Israeli forces’ blatant violation of all international and humanitarian laws and norms, amid the silence of the international community, exacerbates the unprecedented Palestinian humanitarian catastrophe, and puts the credibility of international legitimacy institution at stake.

“The Kingdom stresses the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities to stop the massacres against the Palestinian people and hold those responsible accountable,” the statement concluded.

- With Reuters.