Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (T? KA) provides technical equipment to Kenya National Institute of Beekeeping
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) provided technical equipment to improve the honey analysis capacity of the Kenya National Institute of Beekeeping.
The equipment delivery ceremony held at the National Beekeeping Institute of Kenya was attended by Eyüp Yavuz Ümütlü, TİKA coordinator in Nairobi; Harry Kimtai, Principal Secretary for Livestock at the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; Daughter Elmi Bishar, director of animal production; Jumia Morale, director of beekeeping; and the Principal and the administrators of the Institute.
Equipment provided by TİKA, including a nitrogen generator for analysis of antibiotic residues in honey, devices for measuring the water and sugar content of honey, and laptops, printers and projectors to be used for training and reporting purposes, was delivered to Harry Kimtai. , Principal Secretary of Livestock, during the delivery ceremony of the project implemented within the framework of the Beekeeping Program, launched by TİKA.
The Institute, which was unable to measure and report the amount of antibiotic residues in honey due to lack of equipment, now has access to the infrastructure to test honey by measuring and reporting different parameters, using the supplied material.
In his speech at the ceremony, Eyüp Yavuz Ümütlü, coordinator of TİKA in Nairobi, said that Turkey is the second largest producer of honey, after China, and that it has significant knowledge and experience in beekeeping. Ümütlü noted that they wanted to share Turkey’s experience with their Kenyan counterparts. He added that with the project, they have made a significant contribution to honey production, which is a strategic area for Kenya; supported the sales of honey and the production of honey in healthier conditions; and paved the way for Kenyan honey to enter the East African market.
Jumia Morale, Director of Beekeeping, delivered a speech at the ceremony and said that TİKA was the first international organization to directly support the Institute, after Canadian experts who were instrumental in establishing the Institute left the Institute in the 1980s. He noted that the support provided by TİKA was extremely important and meaningful to them.
Harry Kimtai, Principal Secretary for Animal Husbandry, pointed out that the project has brought great benefits to the Institute, which has not been able to measure and report the amount of antibiotic residues in honey due to lack of equipment but now has access to the infrastructure and equipment necessary to measure and report other parameters as well. In his speech, Kimtai said that Turkey is a major country in the beekeeping industry and uses the most advanced technology. He thanked TİKA and said that they hope that the projects in this area will continue.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).