Bee venom can kill virus, heals wounds faster – Don

Sunday Trust - - AGRIC BUSINESS -

Dr Mk­abwa Manoko of the Uni­ver­sity of Dar es Salaam, Tan­za­nia, said bee venom could be used to kill deadly viruses in the body.

Dr. Manoko, also Head of the Depart­ment of Crop Sci­ences and Bee­keep­ing Tech­nol­ogy in the uni­ver­sity, said this in an in­ter­view with the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) on the side­lines of the just con­cluded ApiExpo Africa in Abuja.

He noted that honey also had a medic­i­nal value that could be used for wound man­age­ment with­out side ef­fect.

The don said more stud­ies and re­search im­ple­men­ta­tion were re­quired to tap into other po­ten­tial­i­ties of bees.

“Bees pro­duce a lot of prod­ucts that have in­dus­trial use in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, food and bev­er­age in­dus­tries.

“Honey has medic­i­nal prop­erty. It can be used for wound man­age­ment, it is cheap, it takes a short time to heal and has no side ef­fect like other chem­i­cals.

“Bees pro­duce propo­lis, venom, pollen, and all th­ese are valu­able,” Manoko said.

He added that it was clearly es­tab­lished in re­search that bee venom had the abil­ity to kill HIV, but not hu­man cells. So it is some­thing that re­search can ex­plore to see how it can be used in the cure of HIV/AIDS.

“More re­search and the ap­pli­ca­tion of the re­searches on bee­keep­ing are needed. We nor­mally carry out re­search, but we do not de­velop them,” he said.

Manoko, there­fore, ap­pealed to African gov­ern­ments to train sci­en­tists and cit­i­zens on bee­keep­ing, adding that the pol­li­na­tion ser­vices of bees are yet to be ex­plored adequately.

“We need sci­en­tists in bee­keep­ing so that its con­tri­bu­tion to the Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP) can be re­alised,” he also said.

Manoko, who noted that Tan­za­nia had up to two mil­lion bee­keep­ers, said the coun­try had re­search in­sti­tutes on bees and uni­ver­si­ties which of­fered de­gree cour­ses in bee­keep­ing.

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