A teacher’s foray into an apiary


Parsafar, who has now opened a store where she sells honey, puts her success down to her tireless efforts.

Soraya Parsafar is a 43-year-old teacher who has embarked on a beekeeping career with no prior experience in this line of work and succeeded in producing 300 kg of honey on her own in five months.

Fars News Agency has published a report on the success of this Iranian woman who hails from a village in the northern province of Gilan. The following is the translation of part of the report:

Parsafar decided to keep bees and produce honey after her father passed away. She got about $2,600 in loans, bought 15 beehives and put them in a land behind her village house.

Having had no experience in beekeeping, she sought expert advice and was successful in producing a considerable amount of honey in less than five months.

She said, “I was always afraid of approaching bees. At first, I was worried about being stung by them, but after a while I learned more about bees and now I approach them without wearing protective gear.”

Parsafar put her success down to her tireless efforts and said, “Some nights, I spend hours with my bees and look at the way they produce honey with awe.”

Parsafar has now opened a store where she sells the honey her bees produce in her backyard.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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