Lagos- The Bee Keepers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, on Friday urged the Federal Government to support the private sector efforts aimed at attracting youths to the business.
The association’s Chairman, Mr Ayodele Salako, said in an interview in Lagos that the government could render support through seminars and sensitisation programmes.
Salako said that bees were pollinators that increased reproduction of fruit crops.
He said that bee keeping was an emerging business that needed government support for sustainable growth and development for interested Nigerian youths.
“The association usually organises vigorous training, sensitisation and seminars geared toward attracting young farmers to join the association.
“There are not many bee keepers doing the business presently, that is why we do as much as we can to encourage youths in bee keeping.
“Although, state governments usually organise seminars once or twice a year but it is not enough to inform and educate people about the essence of bee keeping.
“Bees are pollinators that help other agricultural crops, so if we have more bee keepers, we will have more agricultural produce,” he said.
The association’s chairman said that bees were 80 per cent pollinators for crops like cocoa, coffee, kolanut, pawpaw and pineapples.
Salako also said that bush burning and vandalism of beehives were challenges to the development of the business in Nigeria.
“Our major challenges are bush burning and vandalism, people vandalise our beehives in the bush.
“Another area is the area of infrastructure, there are so many people who are interested in the bee keeping business but do not have the financial capacity,” he said.
Beekeeping is a sustainable form of agricultural business. (NAN)