Nigeria commences training of bee farmers to meet EU requirements on honey export

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FEDERAL Ministry of Agriculture
and Rural Development and
Nigerian Export Promotion
Council NEPC, have commenced
quality guideline training of bee
farmers across the country.
The Director, Veterinary and
Pest Control Services in the
ministry, Dr Gideon Mshelbwala
made the statement yesterday in
Goshen, Nasarawa State.
He said the training was
aimed at enabling Nigeria meet
European Union requirements for
export of honey.
He added that the training
would also help to build the
capacity of bee farmers on
modern bee keeping practices for
them to comply with international
standards in honey production.
The director said that the Federal
Government was supporting bee
farmers with inputs like bee hives
and protective clothing and gloves
to enable them boost production.
“Nigeria is ready to host the
Africa Apiculture Expo in 2018
and we have paid the 50,000
dollars bidding fee.
“Bee farmers are ready for the
programme and that is why we
are training them,’’ Mshelbwala
said.
Also speaking, the Executive
Director, of NEPC, Mr Olusegun
Awolowo, said the training was
in line with the council’s mandate
of oering practical guides to
nurture Small and Medium-sized
Enterprises SMEs.
Represented by Mr Samuel
Oyeyipo, Deputy Director,
Product Development in the
council, Awolowo said the training
would enable Nigeria meet EU’s
accreditation requirements for
export of honey.
He said that Nigerian honey
was being exported to other
African countries and re-blended
for export to other countries.
Awolowo assured bee
farmers of the council’s
readiness to improve the
quality of the country’s honey
and its by-products through
enhanced capacity building of
bee farmers, processors and
exporters.
He said: “Nigeria’s quest
to diversify its non-oil export
has necessitated the need to
harmonise its potential in non-
traditional products such as
honey and by-products.
“The production, processing
and supply of Nigeria’s
honey with over 80 per
cent collected from wild
environment, is guaranteed to
meet international demand if
we imbibe good bee-keeping
practices.
“This training is one of the
processes required for Nigeria
to be listed as eligible to export
honey to the EU market.
“For any country that will
export honey to the EU market,
you have to be accredited.
“If your country is not listed
among the countries that
export honey to the EU, if you
export, they will reject it.’’
Mr Ademola Adeshina, the
Chairman, Nigeria Apiculture
Platform, said the training
was an avenue to organise bee
farmers to achieve their goal of
exporting Nigeria’s honey to
EU countries.
He said the training was
apt as it would sensitise bee
farmers to know the dos and
don’ts in the trade to avoid
rejection of their produce at the
international markets.
“We want to begin to export
our honey to the European
Union and when we start, many
people will be encouraged to
come into the business,’’ he
said.



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