FMARD empowers Ogun Coalition of Fruits, Vegetables Growers and Crop Pollinators

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FMARD empowers Ogun Coalition of Fruits, Vegetables Growers and Crop Pollinators
Beneficiaries of FMARD 2022 “Quick Win Intervention”

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has distributed an intervention package as a form of empowerment to Beekeepers in Ogun State under the umbrella body of Coalition of Fruits, Vegetables Growers and Crop Pollinators.

The event tagged, “Quick Win Intervention”, was held on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the Ogun State office of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Kotopo, Abeo​​kuta in the presence of the Honourable Minister of Agriculture who was ably represented by Dr. Adeola Lordbanjou, the Deputy Director, Horticulture, FMARD Headquarters, Abuja, and Dr (Mrs) Ayo Ajayi, Head of Veterinary, Ogun State.

Some of the tools in the Quick Win Intervention package presented to the Beekeepers include Kenyan Topbar Beehives, Metallic Hive Stands, Complete Beesuits, Scrapers, Bee Brushes, and Smokers.

Speaking, the FMARD Director, State office, Engr G. O. Oseni, stated that the “Quick Win Intervention” was a strategy to reduce the effect of the 2022 flood disaster on the affected farmers, and enable them to return to crop pollination to sustain food production.

Engr Oseni admonished the beneficiaries of the empowerment to seize the opportunity to improve on the crop pollination service as it is obtainable in the European countries.

The Beneficiaries of this year’s Quick Win Intervention – Beekeepers – should seize the opportunity to improve on the crop pollination service as been done in the European countries”.

Earlier, in his address, the  representative of the Honourable Minister for Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development , Dr Adeola Lordbanjou  made mention of other value chains in fruits and vegetables in other parts of the country who have also received intervention from FMARD based on peculiarities of their chosen commodities of comparative advantages, adding that  training will be organized for the members very soon to upgrade their knowledge on Good Agricultural practices.

Giving his goodwill message, Mr Elijah Asade, who doubles as the Chairman and Coordinator respectively of Federation of Beekeepers Association of Nigeria in Ogun State and the Coalition of Fruits, Vegetables Growers and Crop Pollinators of Ogun State, thanked FMARD for its ingenuity to give uplift to the affected Beekeepers.

Mr Asade charged members to use the package effectively such that the impacts would be felt by the donor, as well, to achieve sustainably the aims and objectives in the State. The Coordinator thereby requested for more slots in the subsequent related interventions.

Dr Akinsola David, a former staff of the FMARD Kotopo Abeokuta and member of the Federation of Beekeepers Association of Nigeria Ogun State Chapter noted that Beekeepers are now receiving overdue intervention from the Federal Government, this should be a continuous efforts to promote Beekeeping and Pollination Service towards food sustainably, availability and accessibility in Nigeria, urging the beneficiaries to put the resources into active usage to achieve it’s purpose.

Responding, one of the beneficiaries from Odogbolu LGA, Mr Babatunde Oreyemi, assured FMARD to be expecting an encouraging output by December, urging the State office to establish a functional Bee Unit for the promotion of Beekeeping.