A delegation from West Pokot County led by Chief Officer Ibrahim Longolomoi- Trade & Industry and William Ntoina- Director, Investment & Cooperatives joined the rest of the world in celebrating world bee day, a three-day event that was held in Railways Club, Nairobi.
The inaugural celebrations themed ‘Conserve environment for bees as a key driver of the Big Four Agenda’ were aimed at drawing attention to the plight of bees in the world and highlighting the importance of preserving the insects and other pollinating species.
Harry Kimutai- Principal Secretary, State department of Livestock called on all stakeholders in the apiculture sector to play a key role in keeping the planet healthy by conserving biodiversity, which he said is a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals, and a key element in building resilience in farming ecosystems to climate change.
Mr. Ntoina said that the county government will continue to support bee farmers through capacity building and availing markets for their products.
“The only way to empower our farmers is to ensure that we provide them with the necessary skills they need in order to in improve their production and product quality.”
The directorate of Investment and Cooperatives facilitated Kodich Farmers’ Cooperative Society to participate in the three- day event.
The Apiculture Platform of Kenya (APK) in collaboration with the State Department of Livestock and other stakeholders led the celebrations.
World Bee Day was approved by the United Nations General Assembly in 2017 and celebrated for the first time last year. The date, 20 May, was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Anton Janša, a pioneer of modern apiculture from Slovenia.