Nigeria is said to be on the cusp of generating at least $10 billion from honey and hive products for both local and international markets, according to Mr David Musa, the Team Leader, USAID Bee Keeping Pollination Project.
Speaking to The Daily Trust in an interview, Musa stated the country’s domestic consumption of honey was 380,000 tonnes, which offered a global price of $4.5billion, however, the country was in need of certification in order to draw in global buyers.
Indeed, the global price of the honey was simply domestic figures, with the country yet to look into industrial production for industries such as the cosmetics market.
Musa stated, “Honey trade can generate up to 10 billion dollars if you look at cumulative values from honey and other hive products and the value of pollination.
“‘Nigeria is going to host the largest bee keeping trade in Africa, which is the largest platform that will bring together many bee keeping enterprises. It will put Nigeria on the global bee keeping map. The EU certificate is one of the highest levels of certification and it is necessary to get that.”
A honey exportation certificate was said to offer the country credibility at the upcoming 2018 Africa Apiculture Trade in Nigeria.
Alhaji Mohammed Mahmud, a bee keeper and House Committee Chairman on Population and National Identity Card, suggested that the Federal Government had made provisions in the 2017 budget to allow laboratory testing to enable exportation of hive products before exportation.