County supports farmers to venture into bee farming

In a bid to tap into bee farming, the County government of Nakuru has 73 modern bee hives were distributed to 15 groups in Soin ward, Rongai sub county.
The hives include 36 Kenya Top Bar Hives and 37 Langstroth hives.
The modern hives will help the farmers in harvesting honey as well as hive inspection and multiplication of colonies for more honey production.
Speaking when she led the distribution of the hives, Ms. Virginiah Ngunjiri, Ag. Director Livestock Production, said that the hives will help farmers upgrade from the traditional log hives.
She added that, the County will provide intensive training to the farmers to avert challenges like pest attacks on hives that hinder bee attraction and poor timing while harvesting honey among others.
Mr. Wilfred Chebuchok, Deputy Director Political Affairs, said the County will help the farmers in packaging if they increased their quantities of honey.
Ms. Irene Chebichi, MCA Soin ward, challenged the groups to exploit potential areas in bee keeping to boost production of honey and also indulge in value addition.
The County distributed over 40 modern bee hives in Naivasha and Njoro sub counties last year.
Nakuru county is on a drive to encourage agriculture diversification among farmers as a way of enhancing food security,fighting poverty as well as economic empowerment.