Food Security: Women, Youths Receive Training In bee Keeping Techniques

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Mrs Obianuju Okpo, the National President, Women in Bee Keeping, says the association has begun capacity training for women and youths in beekeeping across the country to ensure food security.

Okpo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that the training was in collaboration with the Nigeria Apiculture Platform to encourage more entrants and diversify the business.

The national president, who said the training was the fallout of the 2018 ApiExpo, noted that it was necessary to empower more women and youths to enable them export bees’ derivatives for both local and foreign exchange.

“We have started up some training sessions to encourage the people, who want to continue the trade.

“We have also started training people on basic and advanced beekeeping techniques, and also trying to group them and develop them on how to produce the inputs for bee farming.

“We are also encouraging more women to join us; to empower them on other value chains of beekeeping.

“Apart from beekeeping itself, there are the processing, packaging, marketing, production of inputs; beehives making, sewing of protective suits, pollen, beeswax.

“A kilogram of beeswax is sold at N3, 000 and people look for this outside the country because it is an export item.

“We need to teach the women and youths how to gather beeswax the right way, so that they will export them and make foreign exchange,’’ she said.

Okpo reiterated the need to encourage and promote bee-keeping to ensure food security in the country.