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>> In Yemen, beekeepers are risking their lives to produce some of the world's finest honey. The impoverished Arab state has endured three years of war, pushing it to the verge of famine and shattering the economy. Around 100,000 people work on honey farms in the country, some producing the well known cedar honey made from the jujube trees.
Now bee keepers say they have to dodge airstrikes and landmines.>> The war has affected the process of breeding bees. Breeders must now be mindful that when they're trying to move from location to location they could be targeted or bombed by mistake.>> One honey store owner told Reuters, he knew two of three producers whose farms were bombed in air strikes.
As Saudi led coalition which intervened in 2015 to restore the internationally recognized government has conducted thousands of attacks. Some have hurt civilian targets, although the coalition denies doing so intentionally. The force its battling, the Iranian backed Houthi movement, has also placed land mines on territory under its control.
Before the war, Yemen exported 50,000 tons of honey per year, but the Federation of Yemeni Beekeepers say that's fallen by more than half. All the ports are closed and we only have the border crossing with Saudi Arabia. Which means if you want to export to Malaysia, Europe or Turkey, you have to go through Saudi Arabia.
>> The transport difficulties have seen the cost rise, meaning the honey reaches its buyers at a very high price. In Yemen itself there are very few people who can afford such luxuries.