Bee-Keepers appeals to the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through its National president Mrs Obianuju Okpo in an interview in Abuja on thursday to fast track the implementation of Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) meant to enhance productivity of bee farming in the country.
Speaking further that it would improve the quality in the country and bring modern way of bee farming prompting export of quality honey and other hives product.
Once gotten, we will produce more as 50 percent bee farms in Nigeria need 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 implement the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme through the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development so we can enjoy the dividend of bee farming in its season.
“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.We have a goal to produce quality honey that would stand the test of time and export more than our feat last year.
“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)