By COUNTY DIARY
Fri. 9th 08. 2019.
Governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu has today on Friday urged the Kenya Bureau of Standards to rid Kenya of adulterated honey in all leading chain stores In Kenya, just the same way they have done with meat and meat products.
Let those who are selling molasses brand it as such but not to call it honey, with some going even further to label it Kitui honey.
This message was delivered on her behalf by Dr. Temi Mutia, the Value Chain / Value Addition Specialist in the office of the Governor during the closing ceremony of an applied training on Beekeeping at the National Beekeeping Station, (near Lenana School) in Nairobi.
The 18 Trainees were drawn from key officials from the high potential beekeeping/honey production areas: ( Viz. Kamaki in Kitui South; Mukalu in Kaliku- Kitui East; Mwingi Beekeepers in Mwingi Central; Kimmo Beekeers in Kiomo – Kyethani in Mwingi West and Kyuso Beekeepers in Mwingi North).
The training of ToTs is targeting to have trained 100 ToTs by the end of August 2019, each of whom will be expected to train 100 Beekeepers between now and December 2019, translating to about 8,000 well-trained beekeepers at the grassroots.
Dr. Temi, further said that, given the fact that Kenya, annually consumes an average of 100 Metric tons against an annual production of 25,000 to 30,000 Metric tons of honey per year, coupled with the fact that Kitui honey has been one of the best honey in the World, the people of Kitui have an opportunity to fully realize Agenda one ( on good and Water) and Agenda number five ( on wealth creation),
while at the same time directly and positively contributing to Climate Change.