By Stanley Onyekwere
No fewer tha 45 bee farmers were participated in a step-down capacity building workshop, organised by the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS) of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The bee farmers, who were drawn from the six Area Council of the FCT, actively participated in the 3-day programme.
Addressing participants during empowerment outreach, the Head of Forestry Division in the Agric. Secretariat, Mrs. Caroline Opara said the training became imperative, following the delivery of modern Bee-keeping equipment from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Provision of Bee-keeping equipment by the FCT Administration.
She added that it will enhance the capacity of the farmers to produce in large quantities as well as also mitigate the risks associated with collection in farms.
According to her, “The Fact remains that there is an increasing demand for honey and as a government body.
“We owe it to the ever increasing honey consuming population to ensure that they have access to high quality, unadulterated and affordable bee products comparable to the ones imported.”
In his remarks at the end of the programme, the Chairman of Grass root bee-keepers association, Mr. Gideon Dagunduro said the donation of starter packs (bee equipment) to bee-keepers would enhance productivity.
He thanked the FCT Administration under the leadership of Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello for sponsoring members of the FCT Bee-Keepers Association to participate in the international Bee-keeping conference held in Abuja 2018.
According to him “That single action by the Honourable Minister helped to expose our members to modern methods and through the conference, we have been able to make contacts with foreign companies in the areas of packaging which will enable us compete shoulder to shoulder with our counterparts.
PeoplesDaily reports that the workshop featured the registration of new members into the Abuja Bee-Keepers Association.