Saturday July 8, 2019.
By Liz Muthoka
Kitui apiculture farmers are set to benefit from sh.75 million grant to boost in honey production.
Addressing the Kitui Apiculture Cooperative members at the Kitui Agricultural Training Centre ( ATC) today, Governor Charity Ngilu said the aid will significantly boost the county’s honey production sector.
The Governor said world Bank had committed to allocate the funds to aid in the Apiculture value chain.
She said the County Government was committed to setting up a honey processing plant to help farmers in processing and packaging the honey across the county.
” We are not only going to produce honey, but also other honey products like soap, wine , lotions among others” she said.
The Governor called on farmers to unite so as to benefit hugely from the extensive services and honey proccesing equipment to be offered by the County administration.
The County Chief Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Livestock development Mr James Songolo said the ban on Charcoal was a great milestone for the county citing the importance of trees in increasing the produce.
The County value Chain Specialist Dr Temi Mutia encouraged farmers to venture into the Apiculture value chain saying there was market in the country.
“Kenya produces only 20,000 metric tonnes of honey while its consumption is 100,000 metric tonnes, we need to identify this gap” . He said.
The County Government is training farmers on modern ways of honey production and equipping them with the necessary equipment in an effort to produce quality honey.