40 bee farmers get start-up packs In Edo
The Edo State Government, in collaboration with Thrive Agric and Market Development in the Niger-Delta (MADE), has trained over 1,000 bee farmers, on techniques of increasing productivity and profitability.
At the end of the training, 40 of them got N190, 000 worth of start-up packs each, to assist them in the business.
During the distribution of the packs, Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Jobs Creation and Skills Development, Mrs. Ukinedo Dare, said the Edo Food and Agricultural Cluster (EdoFAC) partnered with MADE to train the farmers and interested participants on beekeeping.
“The training was held at the Edo Innovation Hub, in Edo South and other locations in Edo Central and Edo North Senatorial Districts. One of our partners, Thrive Agric selected some of the trained farmers for start-up packs to start honey production.
“Thrive Agric is already on ground to buy honey from the farmers, as the partnership will encourage farmers and enhance profitability. There is high demand; the farmers have already been trained. They are ready to hit the ground running.”
Dare said the state government is planning to have a honey processing factory within the state.
The Operations Lead, Thrive Agric, Obaka Ikani, said farmers stand to benefit a lot from the partnership with the state, to increase their productivity.
“We work with smallholder farmers across Nigeria. We do input financing for smallholder farmers, provide extension, advisory and technology and also provide them premium market.
“We are currently working with some clusters of farmers and ready to buy the honey produced by them. We are giving out equipment such as honey boxes and protective jackets to start production in the state.”
Field Officer, MADE, Raphael Olorunfemi, said the purpose of the partnership was to help honey farmers increase production and profits.
“We have discovered few gaps experienced by farmers, where they need intervention and we joined forces with Edo State Government and other partners to train farmers in the state.”
One of the beneficiaries, Dr. Bee Oboh, thanked the state government, Thrive Agric and MADE for the training, noting, “I thought I knew about beekeeping, but after the training, I discovered that I lacked knowledge in some key areas.”
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