Sunday, April 05, 2015
Nzuki’s real deal in bees is sweeter than honey
Standard Digital, 4/4/2015
Bees are not just about honey as one determined “farmer-prenuer” has set out to demonstrate in an ambitious bee keeping project adopting modern technologies.
In the neighbourhood of former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka’s expansive Yatta farm, a quiet revolution is taking place in a humble adjacent farm.
Chris Nzuki, formerly a senior agronomist with several leading organisations in Africa, is the man behind the revolution, being championed by one of the most important insects in human life — bees.
Just one kilo of royal jelly, the secretion used in nutrition of the queen bee and the larvae, goes for Sh42,000 in the market. A kilo of propolis, a resinous mixture collected from trees buds and sap flow costs Sh750, a kilo of pollen costs Sh650 and a kilo of wax Sh500. A kilo of honey goes for Sh300 and is therefore the cheapest of products derived from bee keeping.
Nzuki has decided to set his sights on all line products of bee keeping especially the least popular ones like the royal jelly and pollen.