The 2018 ApiExpo Africa has opened in Abuja Nigeria’s capital with the theme “Sustainable Development, Wealth Creation and Economic Diversification”
The event has in attendance beekeepers from all AU member countries showcasing bee by products and deliberating on how to improve the Apiculture sector in Africa.
Delivering his opening message the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria Mr. Audu Ogbeh called for an “Abuja Declaration” that is aimed at boosting the Apiculture sub sector in Africa.
“It is therefore my wish that there will be an “Abuja declaration” that will kick start the African Apiculture Revolution with a clear road map for the evolution of Africa Apiculture Industry”
He said the declaration will lead to; Global relevance and international recognition of Africa Beekeeping industry products, services and research leading to an improved continental image, Establishment of Africa as the investment destination of choice for Global Apiculture resource, leadership and human expertise, Expansion and increased investments and participation by Industries & Small and Medium Scale Enterprise in the Apiculture/Beekeeping industry in Africa, Improved and increased participation of youths and women in Beekeeping and by extension, Agriculture, Promotion of value addition and standards and Enhanced regional and international trade
Mr. Ogbeh stated that the government recognizes the economic importance of Bees which is why it will ensure that the beekeeping sector gets all the supports it needs to meet international standard.
“Government undertakes to give greater support to the bee keeping industry in this country, government undertakes to provide more materials, give more training, encourage more and more persons to get involved in this industry and also insist that only the finest standards of production are applied as we seek to be part of this very vital of the agriculture and food industry”
He added that Government is also supporting beekeepers and processors with the necessary inputs and equipment, single digit interest credit loans to engender transformation from subsistence to commercial apiculture practices.
SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION
Welcoming dignitaries to the Expo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha who represented Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria hosting of the 6th edition of the ApiExpo would accelerate and promote the growth of the Sub-sector.
Mr. Mustapha stated that Nigeria is implementing the Apiculture roadmap to transform the sector by establishing the Apiculture platform.
“Nigeria is implementing the Apiculture Roadmap aimed at transforming the country to one of the top players in the global apicultural sphere. To this end, Federal Government in conjunction with the AU-IBAR established the Nigerian Apiculture Platform with the sole objective of fostering the development of the Apiculture industry”
On the issue of policy for the sector He further stated that Government is formulating new policies to drive the developmental processes for the industry as well as supporting capacity building of her beekeepers and processors.
The secretary added that it is hoped that the 5-day event which is featuring a rich cross section of Exhibitions, Technical Sessions, Technical Tours and B2B meetings will give the value chain players the opportunity to deepen the discourse around Sustainable Development in Africa Apiculture Industry adding that It will also broaden linkages with Regional and international cooperation especially in the areas of cross pollination of ideas and market linkages.
The chairman of APITRADE AFRICA Mr. Harun Baiya said the
ApiExpo helps boost the sector in countries have hosted as countries that have hosted the Expo have benefited through investors coming into the sector.
ApiExpo Africa 2018 is the pan Africa Apiculture trade event in Africa and Nigeria is currently hosting the 6th edition in Abuja.