Mrs. Amna Gentaze shared her story with honey production in her own language:
“Today my words come together to write my story with Sanabel Al Reef honey, a story of success and excellence. The story started during my work as a health worker, when one day suffered from a cold and flu. I decided to buy honey from the market because of its health benefits in the treatment of influenza and other diseases.
When I tasted the honey I bought, I was surprised that it was messed with and tasted just like sugar. I had questions about why this kind of honey was widespread in the market and why it is not natural and pure. From here, I was inspired and started thinking about starting a beehive project to produce pure and natural honey.
I searched for resources within my community and nature around me and this was a catalyst for turning my idea into reality. Al-Jiftlik is an agricultural area that is rich in Sidr trees and Sidr honey is known as one of the best types of honey in the region.With the great support and encouragement from my family and the financial support of a local institution, I started my project in 2013 with six beehives. Then, I began to develop the project and myself through continuous work and with the help of a person with very long experience in the field.
With increased knowledge and extensive continuous efforts, I am proud to say that I have succeeded in producing 100% natural honey that passes the Ministry of Agriculture quality standard in each production season. In fact, the production received a first-grade and extraordinary evaluation and a seal from the Ministry of Agriculture. The number of beehives was increased and production was boosted from 70 kilograms in the beginning to a ton and a half now. Furthermore, I have produced different types of honey, which depend on the transfer of the beehives between different areas depending on the seasons such as citrus season, the Marar fruit (Star Thistle) season in Al Nassariya village and the Rabat fruit (Cephalarialeucantha) season in Jenin.
The success of Sanabel Al Reef honey has attracted the attention of various institutions to disseminate the experience among other women and women groups and to exchange skills and knowledge in the field. The most suitable visiting times of the year are in April, May, and June. I talked about my world and the world of bees. Whenever I write about bees, my words and phrases fall short of my feelings and experience. Bees have become members of my family and an important part of my life. I wish that this success and development would continue. Finally, I would like to say that I have learned from bees that patience is the key to happy endings.”
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