Have you ever wondered where the honey you eat comes from?

Less than 10% of the honey consumed in Nigeria are produced in Nigeria. The rest are imported from overseas, making Nigeria to spend over $2 billion, about 720 billion naira every year just importing honey.

How did we arrive at these statistics?

It came from a report put together by officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigerian Export Promotion Council and apiculture (beekeeping) experts.

The report also shows that Nigeria consumes about 400,000 tonnes of honey annually.

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The report stated that as the Nigerian population grew, heavier demand on food resource had compelled agricultural methods to improve technologically in order to meet the national consumption requirements.

It said beekeeping was not an exception, adding that there was the compelling need for beekeepers to imbibe global standards to grow the subsector and integrate the benefits into mainstream agricultural development.

“Low yields from local farmers due to primitive methods of farming means that national food production is less than national food consumption, which by implication swells the national import bill by staggering figures to billions of dollars,” said the report.

The government, however, stated that it had commenced moves aimed at reducing the amount spent on the importation of honey into Nigeria.

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