He made this known in Osogbo when he declared open a national beekeeping workshop organised by the National Board of Technology Incubation (NBTI), in collaboration with the state’s Modern Bee Keeping Association.
The workshop was tagged: “Phase II, Knowledge Transfer Initiative.’’
Represented by Mr Wale Adedoyin, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Aregbesola said “the Osun government is making efforts to make the state one of the highest producers of honey in the world.’’
The governor said that the state had established an apiary in Ashi in Odo-otin Local Government Area to boost honey production.
He added that industrial grade honey extractors were installed at the project site for the benefit of bee keepers within and outside the state.
“The state has the potential to compete with top honey producers in the world and the state government has laid a foundation by providing bee keeping facilities to help beekeepers to fulfil their potential,’’ he said.
Aregbesola urged beekeepers from within and outside the state to make good use of the facilities put in place by government to boost honey production.
Earlier, the President of the National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), Mr Bayo Ajibade, thanked the government for the facilities put in place to boost honey production in the state.
Present at the workshop were special advisers to the governor on agriculture and food security, Quick Impact Intervention, as well as federal and state agriculture directors, agric officers, among others.