World Bee Day History
World Bee Day is an annual global event celebrated on 20th May that emphasizes the crucial role bees play in pollination, ensuring the thriving of our ecosystems, food supplies, and biodiversity. The primary objective of this Observance is to raise public awareness about the significance of bees as key contributors to our environment, including critical agricultural processes in Nigeria.
The United Nations General Assembly first declared World Bee Day on 20th December 2017, following a proposal made by the Republic of Slovenia in collaboration with international organizations working in the beekeeping sector. Nigeria, being a major player in African agriculture, stands to benefit greatly from healthy bee populations. Bees in Nigeria contribute significantly to the pollination of cash crops like cocoa, oil palm, and cotton, and subsistence crops such as yam, maize, and millet. The honeybee, one of Nigeria's most important pollinators, also provides apiculture products such as honey and beeswax, which contribute to the nation's economy.
To mark the Observance of World Bee Day, various activities are organized to increase the understanding and admiration for bees' contributions to our food security, natural habitats, and the fight against climate change. This event is commemorated globally to remind us of our shared responsibility in protecting these hardworking pollinators, enabling sustainable agricultural practices, and securing this valuable resource for generations to come.
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