Beekeeping is a business close to manna. While it may be difficult to get manna from heaven, you can learn how to produce honey, which is one-sixtieth of manna. Honey drops money. In fact, it’s easier to become a MILLIONAIRE in beekeeping than in any other agricultural venture. Yet, honey production is just one of the unlimited ways of making money from the bees. Beekeeping does not only generate money, but also gives long life to beekeepers. According to John Anderson, professor of beekeeping, University of Aberdeen, “Keep bees and eat honey, if you want to live long. Bee keepers live longer than anyone else”. It’s a low-input and labour – saving endeavour, which can be done by young and old, male and female and literate and illiterate.
Nigeria cannot achieve food security without beekeeping development. Why? Effective bee pollination is a core input in crop production, which is not factor into farm inputs by Nigerian farmers. Whereas, most of the plants that feed the growing population need POLLINATION to produce optimally and bees are the workers that make it happen. While the emphasis of Nigerian government is on fertilizers and pesticides, farmers in the United States and many other developed and developing nations scramble to rent bees to pollinate their crops yearly. They know that getting adequate pollination at the right time can mean the difference between GOOD and POOR YIELDS. According to a report titled: Value of Honeybees as Pollinators of US Crops, “the combination of mechanization and honeybee pollination makes it possible for the American farmers to feed more people each year while using less land”.
Bee Conservation Project has the expertise to offer training and consultancy services for beekeeping development.
Why is the US importing bees from Australia since 2004? Why did Brazil import bees from Tanzania in 1956? Bees pollinate 80% of world crops and farmers in America, Europe and Asia know that getting adequate pollination at the right time can mean the difference between GOOD and POOR YIELDS.
The decimation of bees in the US by Varrao Mites prompted the US government to import bees from Australia to prevent loss of jobs and 15 billion dollars bee pollination adds to US crops yearly.
Knowing the critical roles of bees to agriculture, Brazil took African bees from Tanzania in 1956 to build her beekeeping industry, which is one of the most productive in the world today.
The take home message is: Nigeria cannot achieve food security without beekeeping development. Currently, Nigeria is the second largest importer of food in the world. What a record?
Education is an invaluable asset, but when it is devoid of entrepreneurial bent, it becomes a blunt axe, which most of our graduates are. They were trained to be job seekers rather than job creators. This causes rising youth unemployment in the country. Unemployment in turn leads to poverty, which pushes many youth to engage in social vices to make ends meet. The increase in the rate of crime and prostitution cannot be divulged from the acute problems of unemployment and poverty.
Therefore, stemming the rising youth unemployment requires initiatives for self-employment and entrepreneurial development. Because the formal sector of the Nigerian economy, which should have provided job opportunities for the youth-graduates and school leavers – is shrinking daily due to energy crisis and lack of infrastructure. This is the challenge that prompted Bee Conservation Project to develop training modules (theory and practical) for some bee business ventures to create jobs for the unemployed youth. Essentially, the goal of this initiative is to make the trainees self employed and possibly job creators.
Honey for Sight is an initiative of Bee Conservation Project designed to help people preserve their sight through the use of honey eye drop. This initiative becomes imperative given the absence of blindness prevention program. In Africa, for instance, two major causes of blindness are cataract and glaucoma, which are preventable eye diseases. But the question is: who will educate the public on how to prevent glaucoma and cataract when medical doctors are only trained on the use of glasses, drugs and surgery to treat eye diseases? Besides the absence of blindness prevention program in the hospitals, there is also acute shortage of ophthalmologists to administer eye treatment to millions of people in need of help even if the treatment is free. In fact, with only 1000 ophthalmologists to over 160 million people, we don’t need a soothsayer to tell us that cases of avoidable blindness will continue unabated.
Honey eye drop prevents and heals eye diseases by nourishing the sensors of the eyes and improving blood circulation and exchange of substances in the eyes. It also effectively protects the brain and the eyes from spasm and hypoxia. It decreases the tiredness of the eyes and high ocular pressure in the case of glaucoma. The antibiotic properties of honey eye drop protect the eyes against bacterial infections and heals cornea ulcer.