The importance of bees and other flowering insects was examined recently during a two-day conference at the University of Yaounde 1
Some State University Lecturers in collaboration with some Farmer Organisations, Non- Governmental Organisations and International Research Organisations are seeking ways of- mutualizing research results of bees and other flowering insects for their contribution on health, food security and the natural ecosystem in Cameroon. A two-day conference to this effect took place at the Higher Teachers Training College of the University of Yaounde 1 on April 28, 2017. Chaired by the Rector of the University of Yaounde 1, Professor, Maurice Aurelien Sosso, the conference focused on the “Importance of Bees and other Flowering Insect’s Diversity for Development and Environmental Protection in Cameroon”.
According to the Head of Biotechnology and Bio-Information Research Unit, University of Dschang, Dr. Felix Meutchieye, “the essence of the conference, the very first one on insects pollination, was important because people know very little about insect pollination. He noted that pollination is a very important process for crops cultivation, because it is through pollination that insects carry pollen grains from flowers to flowers for fruits production.
He added that the diversity of fruits that are found in the local markets are due to insects pollinations and their diversities. Dr. Meutchieye revealed that they are out to contribute to fruits security and also to inform policy makers, scientists and the public about insects pollination.
The Head of Environmental Health Team from Kenya, Dr. Michael Lattorff said, “there were different interests which were very important like using bees for pollination which I think it is the most important thing we get from bees which are under estimated by many people. I think pollination is very important given that 75% of the crops that we use for our nutrition is thanks to insects pollination,” he noted.