'Reef Saudi' Celebrates World Bee Day with Notable Achievements in Saudi Honey Sector

On World Bee Day, the program revealed that the Kingdom's honey production in the previous year reached 3,120 tons - SPA
On World Bee Day, the program revealed that the Kingdom's honey production in the previous year reached 3,120 tons - SPA
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'Reef Saudi' Celebrates World Bee Day with Notable Achievements in Saudi Honey Sector

On World Bee Day, the program revealed that the Kingdom's honey production in the previous year reached 3,120 tons - SPA
On World Bee Day, the program revealed that the Kingdom's honey production in the previous year reached 3,120 tons - SPA

The Sustainable Agricultural Rural Development Program "Reef Saudi" has announced significant achievements in supporting the honey sector. Since 2020, the program has provided a total of SAR140 million in support to the sector, benefiting approximately 10,584 individuals across all regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The regions of Asir, Hail, Makkah, and Al-Baha have been among the primary beneficiaries of this support, according to SPA.
On World Bee Day, the program revealed that the Kingdom's honey production in the previous year reached 3,120 tons, marking a 41% increase from 2021. The program aims to raise production to 7,500 tons annually by 2026, demonstrating its commitment to achieving self-sufficiency in honey production.
The program has also expressed support for various essential projects in the honey sector, including the establishment of queen bee breeding and package production stations in areas such as Hail, Najran, Jazan, Madinah, Tabuk, and Taif.

Additionally, it has supplied three mobile laboratories for examining and diagnosing bee diseases and pests in quarantine stations, along with four mobile clinics equipped for this purpose (Phase 2). Moreover, the program has provided modern beekeeping tools to promote advanced techniques among beekeepers.



NASA Calls Off Astronauts' ISS Spacewalk Over 'Spacesuit Discomfort'

FILE PHOTO: The NASA logo is seen at Kennedy Space Center ahead of the NASA/SpaceX launch of a commercial crew mission to the International Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: The NASA logo is seen at Kennedy Space Center ahead of the NASA/SpaceX launch of a commercial crew mission to the International Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo
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NASA Calls Off Astronauts' ISS Spacewalk Over 'Spacesuit Discomfort'

FILE PHOTO: The NASA logo is seen at Kennedy Space Center ahead of the NASA/SpaceX launch of a commercial crew mission to the International Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: The NASA logo is seen at Kennedy Space Center ahead of the NASA/SpaceX launch of a commercial crew mission to the International Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

NASA said a "spacesuit discomfort issue" forced the cancellation of a planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) by two US astronauts on Thursday, roughly an hour before their repair mission was poised to begin.
NASA astronauts Tracy C. Dyson and Matt Dominick, two of the orbiting laboratory's six US astronauts, donned their spacesuits early on Thursday morning in preparation for a roughly six-hour trek outside the ISS for routine repairs and a science mission, as shown on a NASA live stream.
As other US crewmembers prepped the two astronauts inside the station's Quest airlock - the exit module separating the station's interior from the vacuum of space - NASA astronaut Mike Barratt asked flight controllers in Houston for a private communications line to discuss a medical issue.
Minutes later a NASA spokeswoman speaking on the live stream said "today's spacewalk will not be proceeding as planned."
"The spacewalk today, June 13, at the International Space Station did not proceed as scheduled due to a spacesuit discomfort issue," NASA later said on its website.
The spacewalk mission was poised to be NASA's 90th in the space station's 23-year history, and the second this year. It would have been the fourth spacewalk for Dixon, who first flew to space in 2007, and the first for Dominick.
It was not clear what caused the spacesuit discomfort or whether an independent astronaut medical issue was a factor, Reuters reported.
Past spacewalks have been called off over issues with the station's spacesuits, which were designed nearly half a century ago with only minor redesigns and refurbishments. NASA's inspector general has said they are ripe for an upgrade, which NASA is paying Raytheon's Collins Aerospace to do.
Before Thursday's spacewalk cancellation, NASA on Wednesday night accidentally broadcast on its live YouTube feed a simulated emergency of astronauts being treated for decompression sickness on the ISS, raising public alarm about the health of US crewmembers.
NASA said there was no real emergency and that "audio was inadvertently misrouted from an ongoing simulation where crew members and ground teams train for various scenarios in space and is not related to a real emergency."