The Beekeeping Extension Society in Nigeria says beekeeping in a farmland increases fruits productivity by more than 40 percent.
The Coordinator, Idris Barau, made this known in an interview with Journalists on Thursday in Zaria, Kaduna State.
He said that the presence of bees in fruits farms would also boost farmers’ revenue base and ultimately increases the nation’s GDP.
“Beekeeping is contributing a lot to the GDP, because fruits are being produced with the assistance of bee.
“For example, bee must come in contact with watermelon seven times before one ball of watermelon is produced.
“Therefore, in a farmland where a farmer used to get 60 pieces of mango, orange or guava in a particular tree, should that farmer establishes beehives in that farm, he will eventually get 100 pieces or more in the same period.
“This is because the bees will assist and facilitate in mating towards bumper fruits productivity.
“Again, talking about the honey, a litre of honey is sold for about N2,300 while a litre of patrol now goes for N145,” he explained.
According to him, if government at both federal and state levels would holistically embrace beekeeping business, it would go a long way in assisting the youths apart from boosting the nation’s economy.