20 April 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it will collaborate with resourceful bee farmers in the territory.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu
stated this at the commemoration of the 2021 International Bee Day in Abuja.
The Minister who identified lack of modern bee-keeping techniques and access to modern inputs as some of the major challenges facing the Bee farmers,said the Agriculture Secretariat had already trained farmers on modern techniques in bee production.
While speaking on the significance of bees to human existence, the minister revealed that bees pollinate about 80 percent of the world’s plants and about 90 percent of food and cash crops.
According to the Minister the demand for organic honey and other hive products is growing, following its usefulness in cosmetics, medicine, confectioneries, and the pharmaceutical industries.
“And in line with the theme of this year’s event, “Bee Engaged” the FCT Administration is determined to strengthen existing collaboration with FCT Bee Farmers towards sensitising the populace on the importance of bees to human survival and the abundant potential in the sector”.
The minister assured that women and youths would be empowered to embrace bee-keeping as a source of livelihood.
Earlier,Acting Secretary FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr. Prospect Ibe, said the Secretariat through the Department of Forestry has been providing support to farmers.
Mr Ibe also added that the department has been making efforts to organise the members of the Association into effective cooperative groups to ensure better coordination of support programmes .