Bhopal: The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW), Government of India is celebrating World Bee Day tomorrow at Raja Bhoj College of Agriculture (Warasivni, Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh).
The World Bee Day celebrations will be graced by Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in the presence of the Agriculture Minister of the Govt. Chairman Madhya Pradesh State and OBC Welfare Committee, Govt. Madhya Pradesh. The program is expected to be attended by 1,000 farmers/beekeepers/processors/entrepreneurs, as well as all those interested in honey production.
On the occasion of World Bee Day, an exhibition of more than 100 stalls is set up by beekeepers, processors and various stakeholders of the beekeeping industry to present the diverse types of honeybees and the various products of the beekeeping industry.
The topics “Production, research, partnership with industries, domestic and export market strategy” and “Marketing challenges and solutions (domestic/global) and discussion” are also organized to expand the scientific knowledge of farmers/beekeepers about beekeeping. .
Keeping in mind the importance of beekeeping, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Welfare, Government of India has made/is making many efforts which include a centrally funded ‘National Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM)’. launched under the Atmanirbhar Bharat programme. It was started for the general promotion and development of scientific beekeeping and to achieve the “Sweet Revolution” goal.
The NBHM is implemented through the National Beekeeping Board for the general promotion of scientific beekeeping and entrepreneurship among small and marginal farmers, the development of infrastructure for post-harvest farming, and the support of research and development.
India’s diverse agro-climatic conditions provide great opportunity for beekeeping/honey production. Scientific technology used to increase production and testing of honey to maintain quality standards for national and international markets and other beekeeping products, e.g. pollen, beeswax, royal jelly, propolis and bee venom. This made it possible to increase the income of beekeepers and meet the increased demand for honey and beekeeping products both on the domestic and international markets.
Bees are famous for their role in providing high-quality food and other products used in healthcare and other sectors, but the work of bees is much more than that. Effective pollination increases the yield of agricultural products and improves their quality. Beekeeping in India is thus an important agri-business activity that not only promises good returns to farmers but also helps increase agricultural productivity, leading to food and nutrition security in the country.
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