ApiExpo Africa: Abuja to top honey production in Nigeria
Following the huge economic and health benefits of bee-keeping, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has expressed its readiness to lead in the production of honey and improve the value chain.
This target was set by FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, while speaking to journalists at last week’s pan-African Apiculture event which took place in Abuja.
Bello, who was represented by the FCT Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Stanley Nzekwe, noted that the event, ApiExpo Africa Abuja 2018, was of huge economic benefits that transcends the agriculture sector.
Speaking on the importance of the event, the minister said: “It portends a very great economic, business and diversification potentials for the FCT, particularly the suburbs where agriculture is really practiced. By September, we will be having a desk, where participants all over the world will be coming to Africa to showcase what we have, not only in the agric sector, but also in tourism
“Already you know we are situated under a very good climatic environment. We have a lot of valleys, hills and this is a very good home for bees, and the weather is not too hot and not too cold, and we have rains, and if you go to Yaba, Kuje, and all the rest of them, you will see that we have favourable natural vegetation and have a lot of maize growers, pearls, guinea corn, name it. And when you watch ordinarily, we have a lot of ranches that are properly needed for pollination and this is where these bees inhabit".
Speaking further on the potentials of the FCT in honey making, Bello said: “what you saw in that exhibitions are from farmers that are practically based in the FCT –from Kwali, Yaba.”
Agriculture Minister, Chief Audu Ogbeh during keynote address noted that products from bees were important in the manufacture of medicine, cosmetics, as bees also service pollination and can be used as substitute for sugar.