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Beekeeping increases farm yield by 40% – Expert

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Alhaji Idris Barau, the Coordinator, Beekeeping Extension Society, says beekeeping in a farmland increases fruits productivity by more than 40 per cent.

Barau made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Zaria, Kaduna State.

He said that the presence of bees in fruits farms would also boost farmers’ revenue base and ultimately increases the nation’s GDP.

“Beekeeping is contributing a lot to the GDP, because fruits are being produced with the assistance of bee.

“For example, bee must come in contact with watermelon seven times before one ball of watermelon is produced.

“Therefore, in a farmland where a farmer used to get 60 pieces of mango, orange or guava in a particular tree, should that farmer establishes beehives in that farm, he will eventually get 100 pieces or more in the same period.

“This is because the bees will assist and facilitate in mating towards bumper fruits productivity.

“Again, talking about the honey, a litre of honey is sold for about N2,300 while a litre of patrol now goes for N145,” he said.

According to him, if government at both federal and state levels would holistically embrace beekeeping business, it will go a long way in assisting the youths apart from boosting the nation’s economy.

He cited Liberia as an example, with a total population of about 4 million people, which is less than half the population of Kaduna state, their farmers embraced beekeeping business.

Barau said the Liberian farmers purposely came to Nigeria for beekeeping training, noting that they were adequately trained here.

“In view of the fact that they mean business, as I am talking to you now, in every month these beekeepers earn between $10,000 and $15,000 from honey, this is a very huge amount that can really assist the economy.

“If government can assist and train youths on beekeeping business, it will not only help the youths but it will boost the nation’s economy.

“Sadly to state that a state in Northern Nigeria had contracted us to produce and supply 1,000 beehives but all these beehives are languishing in our store, they refused to claim them,” he said.

According to him, this scenario is neither good for the government nor for the society, hence the need for leaders in Northern Nigeria to see reasons in skills acquisition training.

Barau said some beekeeping farmers used to ask about what kind of trees they should plant in their farmlands for the benefit of the bees that enable them produce more honey.

“Bee fly can travel between five and 10 kms in search of food but in our environment, hardly you travel one kilometre without seeing fruits or flour trees for bee to feed on.

“Our environment is conducive for beekeeping business because fruits and flour trees are found all over the place; therefore, the bees need not to go far away in search of food.

“However, I want to advise beekeeping farmers to be cautious in citing the farms, they shouldn’t cite the farm where it will harm the people or animals,” Barau said.

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