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Honey production in Pakistan is considered to be one of the most profitable businesses. Practices that involve honey production & beekeeping are greatly supported because they are environmentally friendly, and these non-farming business activities can offer a wide variety of economic contributions. Other advantages of beekeeping are related to bee activities’ purely biological nature, including plant pollination and conservation of natural flora.

On the other hand, in KPK, Karak, Kohat, Swat, Bannu, and Chitral are suitable. On the other hand, Sindh offers areas like Thatta, Sujawal, Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad, and Gularchi. These areas are known to be most suitable for honey production.

Pakistan has different climatic zones and ecologies, from sea level to high mountains having extensive diversity in kind of soils, temperature, sunshine, rainfall, wind velocity, altitude, and also have rich fauna and flora. The flora comprised citrus, acacia, clover, Ber, loquat, shain, kalonji, mosquito, Sheesham, sunflower-rape, and mustard in various ecological areas in the country. Moreover, Pakistan produces high-quality honey especially berries honey. Also, 160,000 hectares of mangroves plantation in the coastal belt is another potential honey source that needs to be explored.

Northern areas of Pakistan are the major source of Apis cerana. This particular species is limited to the hills and foothills of Pakistan. Pleasant climate conditions and bee flora in the country offer great opportunities to develop the beekeeping industry.

Honey is considered to be one of the foods that have religious purposes. A festival called ‘Madhu Purnima’ is celebrated among the Buddhists in India and Bangladesh, where bee’s honey is distributed to the monks. This particular festival is celebrated to offer honey by a monk to Lord Buddha when moving away to the wildlife because of the clash among his disciple. Hindus consider bee’s honey to be one of the five medicines of immortality (Panchamruta). Honey is poured over the statues of divinities in a ritual called ‘Madhu Abhisheka.’ Honey is the symbol of New Year ‘Rosh Hashana’ in Jewish tradition. Usually, slices of apples dipped in honey are eaten to bring a sweet new year. Honeybee flora is present in huge areas in all the provinces. With the increase of the beekeeping industry, numerous families are getting self-employment as commercial beekeepers.

On the other hand, in Islam, Prophet Mohammad (SAW) firmly recommended honey for healing purposes. The ‘Holy Quran’ encourages taking honey for nutritious purposes and as a portion of healthy food. It has also been discussed that bee’s honey has extensive and rich values. Therefore, honey is considered to have benefits as a medicine, cosmetic, nutrient, and preservative.  

Moreover, to increase honey production in Pakistan, plantation requires to be created because the forest covers a significant role in increasing honey production because honey bees get shelter, shade, and water from the trees.

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