Nigeria today joins the rest of the world in marking World Bee Day.
World Bee Day is reserved for raising awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators for the survival of the ecosystem, emphasizing the need to protect the existence of bees and to populate bee farms with a view to create a secure platform for more original honey production. .
Honey is a natural nutritional and medicinal product obtained from bees.
Honey produced from bees is important for domestic, cosmetic and pharmaceutical uses.
The shortage of honey is a global phenomenon that causes concern, with the decline of American honey bees placed at 89%, Nigeria is not left behind as evidenced by the high cost of honey with many fake honeys on the combs from some supermarkets.
The shortage is attributed to habitat loss, pesticides, climate change, among others, across the world.
A world without bees would lead to a shortage of supply of bee-pollinated fruit and original honey
A beekeeper, Elder Charles Olili, said beekeeping is a specialized business that needs government support, especially in the area of interest-free loans to enable them to produce on a large scale at affordable prices for the benefit of all citizens.
Stanley Onyekwere called for mechanized beekeeping tools for beekeepers at a subsidized rate and the establishment of a honey market for farmers to sell their products easily.
Caleb Owen pointed out that many people in the agribusiness sector don’t even know that beekeeping is a very lucrative business, and called for beekeepers to be educated and encouraged.
“I think what the government needs to do is encourage beekeepers, give them incentives and also sensitize other farmers to see the opportunity in the beekeeping business given the daily importance of honey. other farmers to venture into the beekeeping business”
Secretary of the FCT’s Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Malam Abubakar Ibrahim, said plans were in sight to intensify beekeeping in the territory, and revealed that special attention would be given to further boost the beekeeping business in next year’s budget.
Government at all levels are expected to pay more attention to beekeepers across the country, with a view to increasing the production of honey in Nigeria, given its medicinal and nutritional values.
The theme for World Bee Day 2022 is: “Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems”
Reporting by Remi Johnson, editing by Daniel Adejo