Ludhiana, February 9, 2017: A four-day advanced training course on “Beekeeping” concluded at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. Horticulture Development Officers, Agriculture Development Officers and Assistant Professors of Krishi Vigyan Kendras participated in the course, jointly conducted by the Directorate of Extension Education and Department of Entomology, PAU.
Giving details, Dr G.S. Buttar, Additional Director of Extension Education, said the experts highlighted the importance and scope of beekeeping and its diversification in Punjab. Besides, they gave tips for starting beekeeping, and acquainted the trainees with langstroth hive, apicultural equipment, principles of their working and uses, he added. The experts also informed about management of honey bee colonies during spring and summer season; importance of queen bee and need of mass/commercial queen bee rearing; and monsoon, autumn and winter season management of honey bee colonies, he told. Dr Buttar further said the focus was also on diseases of honey bees and their management, mass queen bee rearing techniques, technologies for production of bee products, beekeeping schemes under National Horticulture Mission, financial schemes of banks for beekeepers, economics of beekeeping; and honey quality, grades, packing and AGMARK.
The resource persons included entomology experts namely Dr Jaspal Singh, Dr P.K. Chhuneja, Dr Harminder Kaur Deosi and Dr Amit Choudhary from PAU; and representatives of State Horticulture Department, Punjab National Bank and AGMARK. Dr T.S. Riar and Dr Kulvir Kaur were the course coordinators while Dr Jaspal Singh was technical coordinator.