…Nigeria hosts ApiExpo Africa 2018 conference
By Hassan Zaggi
Nigerians have been advised to take advantage of the over $200 billion global net value of the pollination services as a result of bee keeping.
The Head, Product Development Department, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mrs Ngozi Ibe, made the appeal on Saturday in a media parley in preparation for the ApiExpo Africa 2018 conference which will hold on September 25th-29th, in Abuja.
The APiExpo Africa 2018 which is expected to be attended by majority of the African countries and some countries from Europe and Asia is with the theme: “Beekeeping Industry for Sustainable Development, Wealth Creation and Economic Diversification.”
It is expected to provide new opportunities for Nigerians in beekeeping and its related value chain.
Explaining the opportunities inherent in beekeeping, Mrs Ibe said: “The diverse uses and demand of products in the Apiculture value-chain (Beeswax, Propolis, Bee venom, Royal Jelly, Pollen, and Honey) is market-driven due its uses in various industries and offers export opportunities with huge potentials.
“Beeswax is used in the production of cosmetics, Automobiles, food industry. Average international price of beeswax is US$10, while Propolis is used in dental/oral care and healthcare.
“Royal Jelly is used in pharmaceuticals, reproductive and food supplement while bee venom used in anti-cancer, anti-ageing properties bone health.”
Speaking on the benefits of the ApiExpo to Nigeria, the Secretary, Organizing Committee of the event, Dr. Chinyere Ikechukwu, said the event will improve livelihoods, job creation and empowerment for the populaceincluding diversification of the economy and generation of more foreign exchange.
“Improvement in the quality and quantity of production of honey and other hive products. This will ensure food safety and increased raw materials for requisite industries, attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – 1, 2, 3, 5, 12 and 15 and it will expose all participants along the beekeeping value chain to modern technologies showcased during the expo, this will help in promotion of value additions in hive products,” she stressed.