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POLLINATOR ISSUES IN BOTSWANA. QUEEN TURNER GLOBAL POLLINATOR SUMMIT DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA 1 - 4 JULY 2008. BOTSWANA PROFILE. MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE: VISION. The Ministry of Agriculture is committed to:

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Pollinator issues in botswana
POLLINATOR ISSUES IN BOTSWANA

QUEEN TURNER

GLOBAL POLLINATOR SUMMIT

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA1 - 4 JULY 2008



Ministry of agriculture vision
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE: VISION

  • The Ministry of Agriculture is committed to:

  • “Providing dynamic leadership in the development of sustainable, diversified and competitive agriculture

  • Conservation of natural resources to contribute to the achievement of food security

  • Poverty alleviation and socioeconomic growth in partnership with stakeholders”


Ministry of agriculture mission
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE: MISSION

  • “To formulate and implement innovative policies, programs, regulatory frameworks

  • To provide quality service to customers in order to promote a diversified, competitive and sustainable Agricultural sector through:

    • Development and transfers of agricultural technology

    • Control of diseases and pests of animals and plants

    • Development of cooperatives and farmer’s associations

    • Conservation of agricultural resources”


Background of beekeeping in botswana
BACKGROUND OF BEEKEEPING IN BOTSWANA

  • Prehistory: traditional honey harvesting by Batswana

  • 1970s: First official bee keeping trials in Kagcae, western central Kalahari

  • Early 1980s: Ministry of Agriculture’s interest and involvement- aim to diversify sector

  • Mid-1980s: farmer demonstrators identified, trained and funded by MoA.

  • To date: variable honey yields and bee products



Who are the beekeepers in botswana
WHO ARE THE BEEKEEPERS IN BOTSWANA?

  • Government apiaries

  • Backyard beekeepers

  • Self-funded groups

  • Farmer demonstrators

  • Youth groups

  • HIV/AIDS special interest groups

  • Institutions (prisons, NGOs, BCA)


Core business of the beekeeping section
CORE BUSINESS OF THE BEEKEEPING SECTION

  • “To promote viable and sustainable Beekeeping Projects/Programs through:

    • Promotion of bee pollination services

    • Conservation and protection of bee species

    • Establishment of commercial apiaries

    • Promotion of backyard beekeeping”


Current government interventions in beekeeping
CURRENT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS IN BEEKEEPING

  • Review of Bee Importation Act 1910

  • Development of a National Bee Keeping policy

  • Funding & training of farmer demonstrators and public

  • 2006 feasibility study on commercialization of beekeeping

  • Technical Support- Extension Officers

  • Training of technical staff


Potential for beekeeping in botswana
POTENTIAL FOR BEEKEEPING IN BOTSWANA

  • Good potential exists for:

    • Expansion of beekeeping

    • Local and regional markets of bee-products

  • Indigenous and exotic vegetation is suitable for a sustainable Industry


Pollinator threats
POLLINATOR THREATS

  • Environmental

    • Drought

    • Bush fires

    • Climate change

  • Agricultural spraying for:

    • Tsetse fly

    • Quellea

    • Pesticides & herbicides

  • Bee pests and diseases


Pollinator issues
POLLINATOR ISSUES

Insufficient awareness, education & training:

  • biodiversity conservation

  • importance of bees as pollinators

  • Bee scientists and professionals

  • importance of pollination in crop production and the ecosystem

  • foundational level studies in Beekeeping (school)

  • advanced level studies in Beekeeping (tertiary)


Botswana cbol collaborative opportunities
BOTSWANA-CBOL COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITIES

  • Research studies on bee species

  • Improvement and expansion of Beekeeping sector

  • Larger scale refinement and processing of bee products and value addition

  • Provision for specialized professional training for Batswana

  • Informational exchanges


Kea leboga thank you
Kea leboga (Thank You)!

Head of Beekeeping Section

Ministry of Agriculture Headquarters

Plot 4701

Station Road

Private Bag 003, Gaborone,

Botswana

  • Tel: ++267 3950500 ext. 433

  • www.gov.bw/organsofstate/MinistryofAgriculture


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