Women in Bee-Keeping have appealed to the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to facilitate the implementation of Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) for bee farming in the country.
The National President of the association, Mrs Obianuju Okpo made the appeal in an interview with Newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
Okpo said that the inclusion of bee farming in the CBN agriculture programme would help farmers increase honey production volume and improve the quality in the country.
She said that the inclusion would also help farmers imbibe modern way of bee farming, which in turn would guarantee export of quality honey and other hives product.
“The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is working on an Anchor Borrowers’ Programme to allow anchors to fund the modern way of doing bee keeping.
“If we get the right support from the government, we will produce more because 50 per cent of crops farmed in Nigeria bees need for more yields.
“We are hoping that before the end of March, they will roll it out so that we can try it in this honey season.
“My appeal to the government is that they should hasten the implementation of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme through the ministry for bee keeping so that we can take advantage of the current honey flow season.
“This is for the purposes of increasing production volume and quality of honey in Nigeria and we can put aside a percentage of what is being produced for export and that will get us the foreign exchange we are looking for.
“It will be a win-win situation for everybody,’’ she explained.
Okpo said that the association was targeting the production of 20 tonnes of honey in 2019 against its usual production rate of between two and five tonnes annually.
According to her, our goal for this year is to increase the production and quality of honey the right way that can stand the test of time.
“If the new system that we have put in place continues the way we are deploying them, our production level will be much more than 20 tonnes but am calculating it based on the once or two times harvesting that we do in a year.
“If we are able to get more wired hives (modern hives) and deploy them, we can go as far as 50 tonnes this year.’’ (NAN)
Source: Leadership Newspaper Nigeria.