Beekeeping profitable for small and marginal farmers: PAU

Ludhiana, October 30, 2013: An apiculture training course, organized by the Apiculture Unit of the Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), concluded here today. Nearly 50 farmers and farm women from various districts of the Punjab state attended this training programmer.

Speaking at the valedictory function, the Chief Guest, Dr H.S. Dhaliwal, Dean, College of Agriculture, highlighted the role of PAU in the development of commercial beekeeping in Punjab as well as in the country. He told that Punjab is a leading state in beekeeping and honey production in the country. Observing that beekeeping is highly profitable for small and marginal farmers, and the landless. 

Dr Dhaliwal said that their lies an ample scope of expansion in this profession through adoption of diversification in apiculture itself. He called upon the trainees to start beekeeping activity as the state government is promoting beekeeping by providing financial help by means of subsidies under various schemes. He also ensured the trainees that scientists of the Department of Entomology, PAU will always render their scientific help as and when required by the beekeepers.

Dr Dhaliwal distributed the certificates among the trainees alongwith the PAU publications on beekeeping in Punjabi language.

Dr P.K. Chhuneja, Incharge, Apiculture Unit and the Course Director, said that during the course, the trainees were acquainted with bee management pollination of crops for enhancing crop yield; queen bee rearing techniques; seasonal bee management practices; management of bee enemies and diseases; swarming, robbing and queenlessness problems in honey bee colonies and their remedies; and honey quality, grades, packing and procuring AGMARK.  Besides, the trainees visited apiaries of the progressive beekeepers, hive and apicultural equipment manufacturers. He informed that a training course on apiculture for the officials of State Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture, and extension scientists of the Krishi Vigyan Kendras will be conducted by the University at Ludhiana from November 11-15.

Dr Jaspal Singh, Technical Coordinator of the course, proposed the vote of thanks.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013