World Bee Day: Stop chemical attacks on bee ― Expert warns Nigerians
An Apicultural expert and Anambra State coordinator of Apicultural Society of Nigeria (APN), Mr. Enwelibe Christopher, has warned Nigerians to stop chemical attacks on the bee, because of its health and economic benefits.
Mr. Christopher gave the warning at his office in Awka, the Anambra state capital on Monday while speaking with journalists to commemorate this year 2019 World Bee Day, with the; Theme “Save The Bees”
He said if farmers who are specialist in honey production across the country are trained and empowered through loans facilities by the federal government, the industry is capable of contributing 67 percent Internal generated revenue IGR, annually to the Nation’s purse. And it will also create jobs to thousands of unemployed youths.
According to him, I am calling on the federal government to help farmers who are honey producers in the country by enrolling them on the CBN Agricultural loans programme to enable them to produce in large quantity for exportation.
Let me tell you he explains, I was in Abuja for the Nov. 2018 National Exhibition of the group, when a Chinese, (name withheld), who honour the exhibition, demanded for 10 thousand tones of bee wax for exportation but he couldn’t get it because of lack of interest on the side of government which would have earned the country huge amount of money at that moment.
I can assure you that if the federal government of Nigeria developed interest in honey production, it IGR will contribute 67 percent to the Nation economic growth, he disclosed.
He therefore called on the government at all level to show more interest in honey production which he added, it capable of creating job opportunities to the larger society.
He equal advise the public to stop using chemicals to scare the bee and its endowment because of its economic values.
The Anambra state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Afam Mbanefo who also speak to Nigerian Tribune on the significant of the day, when members of Bee Keepers Association, Anambra State chapter paid him a commemorating visit in his office, advised them to key into the platform established by the Ministry of Agriculture under Governor Willie Obiano administration to maximize Honey production for internal consumption and for export, adding that Honey is profitable and easy to produce.
Mr Mbanefo stated that Honey production involves the construction of Hives and setting them in less noisy environment for bees to colonise, pointing out that one Hive produces an average of three-point-five kilograms of Honey per annum.
The commissioner explains that the Ministry of Agriculture would continue to support Bee Keepers by providing training and some necessary kits needed for Honey production, adding that the state has registered Anambra Honey Trademark to enable the Bee Keepers to produce and market Honey to any part of the world.
He enjoined all those who are interested in Honey production especially the youths to register in the Ministry and to join in the training organized by the Ministry in order to acquire technical skills.
World Bee Day is a day set aside to acknowledge the role of Bess and other pollinators for eco-system.