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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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