Beekeeping or beekeeping is a game-changer and a lucrative activity which, if given the necessary boost, can reduce unemployment in the country.
Mr. Samuel Meh, president of the Adaklu District Beekeepers Association, revealed this to the Ghanaian News Agency in an interview with Adaklu Helekpe in Adaklu District.
He said it will also help reduce poverty in rural communities as it not only produces honey, the main product, but also other vital by-products in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
He said honey, which was nutritious, was the natural substitute for refined sugar.
Mr Meh, who said he owned more than 100 local beehives, noted that royal jelly or “bee milk”, which was a highly nutritious mixture produced by bees, was also used in making candy. chocolate with jelly, wine and tonics for therapeutic use.
He said beekeepers needed government help to help them acquire the skills to boost honey production and marketing.
Meh called on the government to make beekeeping part of its flagship Plant for Food and Jobs program.
Mr. Wisdom Aziedu, from Vanakorfe also in Adaklu district, which has more than 300 beehives, said agriculture, bush burning, indiscriminate use of agrochemicals and pests were some of the challenges. facing the industry.
He said that Adaklu, which was once known for its pure honey, was quickly regaining its past glory due to the number of people who now viewed beekeeping as a business.
Mr. Mathias Helu, 88, from Adaklu Dzakpo called on young people to get into beekeeping as a business he said was lucrative.
Mr. Emmanuel Mensah Gbeku, another beekeeper from Adaklu Agbolotoe called on the government to regulate the use of agrochemicals in the country while hunting bees.
The GNA saw honey for sale in Adaklu Sikama, Adaklu Helekpe, Adaklu Avanyaviefe, Adaklu Agbolotoe, Adaklu Dzakpo and Adaklu Vanakorfe when they visited these communities over the weekend.