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Monday, 16 June 2014

County Assembly pass motion on value addition for bee products

By Faith Kisiangani and Bob Aston
The County Assembly of Laikipia on June 10, 2014 passed a motion moved by nominated member Hon. Jennifer Koinante on value addition for bee products. The motion was motivated by the realisation that although Laikipia County has a huge potential to produce honey from its many forests, most honey consumed there was imported from Baringo County.
Communities had also recognised that there is a direct correlation between honey production and increased afforestation, hence it would likely lead to increase in numbers of trees planted within and outside Laikipia forests, which now face immense pressure due to exploitation for timber and wood fuel.
Hon Koinante during a knowledge sharing workshop
 The motion read as follows: “Noting that beekeeping is a major economic driver in Kenya that remains unexploited; appreciating that bee keeping is also a way and means of environmental conservation; noting that Laikipia County Government can tap into this and actually package County-Specific bee products; this house urges the County Government to develop and implement strategies of enhancing production and marketing of honey from our County.”
The motion was passed without opposition during the afternoon sitting of the second session (119) of the Assembly. ALIN through Ng’arua Maarifa Centre Field Officer, Sammy Nzioka, observed the debate from the Public Gallery of the Assembly after getting a briefing from the mover of the motion prior to the debate.
Apiculture (Bee keeping) has become an important enterprise in the livestock sub sector. Currently only 20% of the country’s honey production potential has been tapped. The current policy on apiculture is broadly to develop a modern bee keeping industry in the country to provide additional income to rural households.
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