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CEBRAD Focuses On Beekeeping As Wealth Creator, Holds Conference

By Fabian Odum
18 October 2015   |   3:13 am
The determination to seek alternative income sources for Nigeria is on the upswing as the searchlight turns to apiculture, the business of beekeeping and honey production as well as other by-products. In this wise, the Centre for Bee Research & Development (CEBRAD), is organising a three-day conference for key players in the apicultural business under…
the Centre for Bee Research & Development (CEBRAD), is organising a three-day conference.

the Centre for Bee Research & Development (CEBRAD), is organising a three-day conference.

The determination to seek alternative income sources for Nigeria is on the upswing as the searchlight turns to apiculture, the business of beekeeping and honey production as well as other by-products.

In this wise, the Centre for Bee Research & Development (CEBRAD), is organising a three-day conference for key players in the apicultural business under the theme, ‘Maximizing Apicultural Potentials as a Way Forward to Oil Dependent Economy in Nigeria.’

The conference, the second Biennial Nigerian Beekeeping Conference – NIBEECON 2015- is aimed at providing updates of advances in all aspects of beekeeping and develop strategies for reaping success from this industry in the areas of dissemination of research findings, latest beekeeping technology, globalisation and trade issues as a better alternative to monolithic oil dependent economy. The event is scheduled for 9-12 November, 2015 at Brymor Hotels Ltd, Ilobu Road, Osogbo, capital of Osun State.

In a release, Mr. Bidemi Ojeleye, director of the Centre, said the conference is a major event in the beekeeping calendar and the nation’s biggest national beekeeping event because it will attract people from the hobbyist to the commercial beekeepers, MDAs relevant to beekeeping and economic activities of the nation, development programs workers, trainers and extension workers as well as parkers of beekeeping products, equipment fabricators, apitherapists, entomologists and academics, farmers, journalists, students and other interested members of the public.

About 150 participants from within the country will attend, while more than 30 scientific papers from the Academia, Research Institutes and industries; about 20 symposia papers will be delivered during the three-day event, he said.

According to Ojeleye, the theme for this year’s conference was informed by the present economic doldrums facing the nation, which has grossly contributed to the reduction in gross domestic products (GDP), thereby exposing about 70 per cent Nigerians to be living below poverty level.

The beekeeper expert explained that ‎in recognition of selfless service to nature and humanity, NIBEECON 2015 Awards of Excellence would also be given to deserving individuals, groups and MDAs. 

He said the conference is open to people wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees, beekeeping value additions and those wanting to use beekeeping for wealth creation. 

The event will be chaired by Aare Afe Babalola, founder of Afe Babalola University, who will also deliver the keynote address, while the Executive Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will be the chief host.

Other eminent personalities expected include the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, Dr. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, Director General, Raw Materials Research & Development Council and many more.

The conference is supported by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment, Raw Materials Research & Development Council, National Board for Technology Incubation, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, National Institute for Oil-palm Research, Nigerian National Park Service and the Government of State of Osun.