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Mobilisation programme for honey bee farmers held

  

A one-day honey bee farmers’ mobilisation programme for sustainable agri-business development

A one-day honey bee farmers’ mobilisation programme for sustainable agri-business development

 

Source: Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Jul 24 : A one-day honey bee farmers’ mobilisation programme for sustainable agri-business development was held today at Community Hall of Andro Leitanpekpham Heinoupokpi Leikai.

The programme was organised by Khunai Apunba Bee Keeping and Honey Processing Company Limited, under the aegis of Manipur Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium.

Delivering his speech as chief guest, joint director of ICAR North East Hill Region, Manipur Complex, Lamphelpat, I. M. Singh said that bee-keeping gives lot of benefit to farmers and so the Government of India had included the practice as one of the important strategies for doubling farmers’ income by 2022 mission.

He continued that even for landless farmers, bee-keeping can be successfully adopted in forest areas which would also help protect the environment from deforestation, hence creating a win-win situation for both farmers and the Forest department.

Mentioning the main advantages rendered by rearing bees, he said that bees are the best pollinating agents, and all the by-products of bees can be used in many ways and it gives lot of nutritional value.

Bee-keeping not only generates income for farmers but also plays a tremendous role in converting the chemical based agricultural practice into organic farming, which would eventually make the society healthy, he added.

He suggested that concentrating on honey cultivation will not make the mission successful unless varieties of plants are grown in nearby areas where bees are domesticated.

Project director of Manipur Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium, M.S. Khaidem said that 300 bee boxes have been mounted in three bee parks located at hill slope of Andro Leitanpekpham Heinoupokpi Leikai.

Encouraging the farmers, he said that the consortium is ready to support financial assistance to bee-keeping farmers and market strategy will also be chalked out, however support from bee-keepers is very much needed.

During the programme, various line department officers and scientists gave lectures to bee-keepers and villagers on rearing of bees with great care, and they also visited the bee-keeping parks.