Zaria (Kaduna State) – Beekeeping Extension Society, an NGO, says it has shifted attention on honey production from Kaduna state to Kano, Gombe and Bauchi states due to security challenges.
Mr Idris Mohammed-Barau, President of the society made this known in an interview with newsmen in Zaria.
He said it was regrettable that over 3,000 beekeepers were forced to abandon the business in Kagoro, Kafanchan, Songa, Tudun Kagoro and Mariri areas of Kaduna state.
“We use to have lots of beekeepers in the southern parts of Kaduna state but insecurity in the area obstructed honey production.
“We have laid over 1,200 honey hives in Ladduga, but during the training, the engineer who was installing the solar panel for the skills acquisition centre was killed.
“You cannot expect me to go back to such areas again,’’ Mohammed-Barau said.
He further said that some of the beekeepers in southern part of the state were either kidnapped or killed in the process of harvesting their honey, which forced many to abandon the business
The society president said the association, in collaboration with another NGO, Bees Abroad was focusing attention on Kano, Gombe and Bauchi states which are relatively safer.
He said the society in collaboration with Bees Abroad and UN developed a network of beekeepers in Gombe state with over 200 members.
“In Kiru, Kano state, the society also developed a network of over 100 beekeepers and another 100 beekeepers will also be developed in Bauchi state,’’ he said.
Mohammed-Barau further said the society has obtained funding to train and empower 300 beekeepers in Kebbi state, Sokoto state and Zamfara to enhance honey production in Nigeria.
He added that the society with support from its partners trained over 4,000 beekeepers in Kaduna state.