Kenya will Soon be listed as an exporter of honey to the European Union (EU), a government official has said.

Livestock PS Harry Kimutai said the government is working towards the goal, which includes coming up with a residue monitoring plan that is anticipated to be completed by June.

The PS was speaking in Nakuru this week during a beekeepers stakeholders’ workshop, which brought together farmers, processors, the academia and policymakers.

“The national government is keen on supporting counties which are promoting the beekeeping sector, and Nakuru is emerging top among them,” said Kimutai.

He added that the government is also working on multiplication of bee colonies as a way of boosting production along the value chain.

Nakuru Agriculture executive, Dr Immaculate Maina, called for partnership between the private sector, national and county governments in streamlining beekeeping.

She said Nakuru had an estimated 45,000 beehives, of which 26,000 are indigenous, 12,000 are top bar while 4,000 are langstroth.

“This means the county has six hives per kilometre square,” said Dr Maina, adding that there is an opportunity for the sector’s growth.

Apiculture Platform of Kenya (APK) chairman Stephen Kagio urged beekeepers to work in groups so that they can maximise benefits from their ventures.

“This way, producers will evict middlemen from the value chain, who have been exploiting them. Besides, by working in groups, the farmers will be able to lobby for good prices as the country is gearing up to exploit the lucrative EU market,” he said.

-Rachel Kibui

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