Bee keeping sector has not been fully harnessed in Kenya despite its ecosystem importance to humans and environment, some of articulated importance of bee keeping includes:
Immense benefits in terms of provision of pollinators, which enhance crop yield. It is estimated that one in every three bites of food we eat is a result of active pollination of plants in which bees play a very important part.
Honey is a food easily digestible and also a source of natural medicine thus addressing food and nutrition security O The beekeeping industry contributes to the wider rural economy and plays an important part in the economy of arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya, where about 25% of our population live.
Beekeeping is sustainable and environmentally friendly. It is therefore feasible and a suitable activity where people need to restore their livelihoods or create new opportunities
Beekeeping is a family level exercise which has some distinct advantages over other agricultural activities. For instance, beekeeping requires very little financial or labour input.
It is a flexible and gender friendly enterprise which does not compete for resources with other agricultural activities.
Prosperity through public support for women, youth and other disadvantaged sectors
Increased demand for bee products creating a wider market access to producers O Enhancing conservation and sustainable use of all our natural resources
Poverty reduction through creation of jobs within the bee keeping value chain within the bee keeping value chain.