President Buhari’s administration plans to formulate new policies to drive the development of the agricultural sub-sector of the economy. The initiative will also support capacity building of beekeepers and processors in the country.
During the opening of the ApiExpo Africa 2018, which was hosted by Nigeria, President Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, noted that the country is currently implementing the Apiculture Roadmap aimed at transforming Nigeria to one of the top players in the global agricultural sphere.
President Buhari said “Nigeria will continue to support the development of the Apiculture industry at all levels especially in the area of Bee Health to ensure our bees are protected from harmful pesticides, diseases and pests; and also ensure timely formation of required policies and enactment of necessary legislations”.
The president expressed optimism that the initiative will attract national and international investments into the beekeeping industry and stimulate refined processes for sustainable growth through collaboration between public and private sector players.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who also spoke at the event, said the theme of the exhibition “Beekeeping Industry for Wealth Creation, Economic Diversification and Sustainable Development” highlights the untapped potential of the Beekeeping industry,
Chief Ogbeh noted that though the value of global businesses in the Apiculture industry was estimated at $200 billion, Africa share represents “a teaspoon of less than 10 percent despite her huge potential, Nigeria inclusive”.
He concluded by noting that “government recognises the roles bees play in increasing yield per hectare of crops through pollination and its multiplier effects, including provision of jobs in pollination services as well as well structured production of honey and other hives products”.
Given the present downtime in the oil sector, the country plans to diversity the economy through the growth of agro-allied industries.