NIGERIA INTERIM REPORT ON CONTINENTAL WORKSHOP ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE SECTOR POLICIES AND STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE BEE HEALTH, INCREASED PRODUCTION OF HIVE PRODUCTS AND POLLINATION.

NIGERIA INTERIM REPORT ON CONTINENTAL WORKSHOP ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF AGRICULTURE SECTOR POLICIES AND STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE BEE HEALTH, INCREASED PRODUCTION OF HIVE PRODUCTS AND POLLINATION.

17 – 21 DECEMBER 2018, AZURE HOTEL, NAIROBI, KENYA

A Continental Workshop on the Development of Apiculture Sector policies and Strategies for Sustainable Bee Health, Increased Production of Hive products and Pollination was organized by African Union inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) with funding from the European Union under a six month initiative of support from the European Union to the African Union (AUSP111 Support to 2018 AU-IBAR Programme Budget).

The workshop took place at the Azure Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya from 17th to 21st December 2018.

The workshop was attended by sixty (60) participants from Member States, AU-IBAR and Industry Experts. The Nigerian Country team comprised Dr. Dooshima Kwange (Head of Delegation, Director in-Charge of Apiculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development); Dr. Chinyere Ikechukwu-Eneh (Assistant Director, National Focal Point Apiculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture Platform); Mr. Joseph Afolayan (National Consultant).

The overall objective of he workshop was to support African Union Member state create an enabling framework to guide the development of the Apiculture sector and to attract increased investment for sectors.

The specific objectives were-

  1. Support Member State to review their policies related to Apiculture development, and develop/formulate comprehensive, enabling Apiculture sector policy, regulatory and institutional frameworks aligned to regional policy guidelines developed under the Bee Health Project.
  2. Support the selected Member State to develop Five Years Strategic Plans or National Action Plans for the development of the apiculture sector.

Expected Results:

Following attendance of workshop by the Nigeria team, the following results would be achieved:

  1. Draft the Nigeria Apiculture Policy
  2. Develop draft five Strategic Plan for the Apiculture Sector, and its accompanying documents, i.e the Communication and Advocacy plan, the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, and Resource Mobilization Plans.
  3. Develop an Action implement the policy reforms and Strategic Plan
  4. Validate the Nigeria Apiculture Policy, and the five year Strategic Plan with stakeholders

2.0 WORKSHOP SESSIONS

The methodology of workshop was presentation of papers by experts, group work by country teams and presentation of work at plenary. There was also drafting of the proposal for the 2nd Bee Health Project.

2.1 Opening Ceremony

Dr. Sarah Ashanut Ossiya, Project Officer, Live2Africa AU-IBAR gave her welcome remarks. Dr. Baboucar Jaw representing the AU-IBAR Director, Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy welcomed participants and re-emphasized the commitments of AU-IBAR to continue to support Apiculture development and growth in Member State. Mr. Robin Mbae, Head Apiculture representing the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya spoke on the readiness of the Kenyan government to continue to support the Apiculture sector. Her Excellency Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko the Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission urged Member state to use political will, policies, compliance with global standards and capacity building to transform the sector.

The Nigeria team at the workshop held a meeting with the AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture. She pledged that the African Union Commission would assist Nigeria in the area of Bee Health, Standardization and Certificate, Promotion of Youth and Women in the Apiculture sector, validation of the draft Nigeria Apiculture Policy, the five year Strategic Plan, and Apiculture Baseline Data.

2.2 Presentations

Stella Simiyu, Policy Analyst and facilitator gave a scene setting keynote address. Mr. Dickson Biryomumaisho, CEO of the Ugandan National Apiculture Development Organization (TUNADO) gave talk on the growth of Uganda’s Bee sector.

The National Consultant for Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Afolayan presented the country’s draft policy for the Apiculture sector. The draft report examined the status and potential in the Apiculture sector as well policy options to transform the sector in the country. The draft Policy was based on group work and focused on Nigeria’s direction regarding the Apiculture sector as follow:

  1. Leverage on our abundant land mass and huge market to develop and grow the Apiculture sector through adequate policies and regulations.
  2. Promote youth and women participation in the sector
  3. Promote value addition to hive products and economic diversification
  4. Promote the sector to contribute to employment generation
  5. Commercialize pollination services
  6. Collaborate with development partners and donors to promote the sector
  7. Control inappropriate use of pesticides
  8. Enhance Standardization and Quality Assurance
  9. Establish national database of commercial crops production requiring pollination service
  10. Conduct baseline data on Bee diseases
  11. Build capacity of veterinarians and para professionals

Other presentations were

  1. Analysis of the Operational Environment and Institutional Framework: (internal, External, SWOT, Value Chain analysis, PESTEL) – Kennedy Oroko
  2. Policy Considerations and Options for Enhanced Production of Bee Hive Products and Organization of the Sector – Dickson Biryomumaisho
  3. Policy Considerations and Options for Enhanced Bee Health – Dr. Peter Maina Ithondeka
  4. Policy Considerations and Options for Harnessing Pollination Services – Mike Allsop
  5. Policy Considerations and Options for Enhanced Api-business Development – Christopher Nzuki
  6. Policy Considerations and Options for Enhanced Marketing and Trade of Honey and other Hive Products – Christian Nawej
  7. Animal Health Strategy for Africa – Dr. Ibrahim Gashash
  8. Key recommendations in Vision 2063; Malabo Declaration; The Regional Framework for Products, Bee Health, Pollination Services and Guidelines on Harmonization of Pesticides Regulations in Africa, and to Minimize the Potential Impact of Pesticides on Pollination’s in Africa – Stella Simiyu

Discussions ensured after experts and group presentations at plenary. There was preparation of National Road maps by country teams.

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