ADDIS ABABA (ENA)–Ethiopia will host the Second Apimondia International Symposium in Africa from at the end of this month, according to Ethiopian Apiculture Board (EAB).
Apimondia is an international organization of beekeepers which holds biennial international apiculture congresses, national symposiums and other regional events on current and emerging issues of the apiculture industry.
The symposium organized by the Ethiopian Apiculture Board, in collaboration with the Apimondia Scientific Commission for Bee Economics and Beekeeping for Rural Development will take place from 30 November – 4 December 2017.
The aim of the symposium is promoting the country’s beekeeping potential to the rest of the world, it was learned.
General Manager of Ethiopian Apiculture Board, Negash Bekena, told ENA that the symposium would have advantages in showcasing and marketing the untapped apiculture potential of the country to world apiculture communities and also to sensitize local development actors through raising their awareness on the huge apiculture potential of the country.
He noted that hosting such important international events will help experience and knowledge sharing and supports to address critical gaps in utilizing potential and role of beekeeping.
According to Negash, the event could be an important instrument for facilitating cooperation for value chain promotion especially as the country gears up for green, inclusive and carbon free economy.
Senior policy makers, scientists, researchers, practitioners from national and regional governments, representatives from donor and bilateral agencies, civil society organizations (CSOs), beekeeping producer groups and private companies will participate in the symposium.
Ethiopia has about 10 million honeybee colonies and some 1.8 million people engaged in smallholder level beekeeping and other related activities.
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