By KBC Reporters
Bee keeping has picked up in West Pokot County after a shot in the arm from the county government.
The County government of West Pokot has earmarked 1 million shillings to purchase over 300 modern African Top Bar Hives that would be distributed to 600 farmers in a bid to economically empower residents.
On realizing the benefits that can accrue from bee keeping, the West Pokot County has began equipping farmers as well as sourcing market for the products.
In the past improper methods in tapping into the bee keeping sub-sector has seen farmers lose out on the lucrative business.
In the past, farmers engaged in bee keeping have been losing in excess of Kshs 20 million annually.
The initiative that targets 600 farmers is aimed at encouraging more residents in the arid and semi-arid areas to embrace bee farming
In addition, county government of West Pokot plans to source for a market for their products. Currently, farmers incur post-harvest losses due to challenges in accessing market for the products.
Lokira is urging more residents to join the cooperatives in order to benefit from the initiative.
Honey has always been a very popular culinary delicacy as well as an important medical remedy for many millennia.
Its earliest known use as a medicinal prescription is found in Sumerian clay tablets that may be almost 4000 years old.
Almost 30% of the Sumerians’ medical treatments included honey.
Today, honey is the focus of much scientific research by the medical community, which has been investigating and confirming the many uses of honey our forefathers thought up. Let’s take a look at a few of these.