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EXPERT CALLS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF BEE PEN IN SCHOOLS TO HARNESS BENEFITS

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As parts of activities to mark this year World Bee Day, agriculture expert has called for establishment of bee pen in schools and villages across the country to tap into various benefits of bees.

A lecturer in the department of animal production, University of Ilorin, Professor Moshood Belewu gave the advice in an exclusive interview with Correspondent Lanre Omotoso to commemorate this year World Bee Day.

Professor Belewu said that bee pen, also known as apiary could be constructed within backyard with necessary facilities such as water trough and flowers to prevent bees from traveling faraway before producing honey.

The animal scientist stressed that bees serve as pollinator to help farmers increase yield, as well as producing honey that serve as condiments for home and industrial use.

He also pointed out that natural medicine known as apitherapy in Latin word is the practice of using bee products such as honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and bee venom for disease prevention or treatment purposes.

Speaking on this year theme “Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems”, Professor Belewu cautioned against using fire to harvest honey from bees.

The Professor of animal science emphasized that using fire to harvest honey from bees would not produce credible honey, called for usage of honey harvest kits.

In 2017, United Nations General Assembly proclaimed May Twenty as World Bee Day, on its role in production of abundance fruits, nuts and seeds, as well as contributing to food security and nutrition.

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