A week-long training programme on beekeeping concluded today at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry(UHF), Nauni. Twenty-five farmers from Shimla, Solan and Sirmour districts of the state (HP), attended the training. The National Bee Board sponsored programme was organized by the Department of Entomology of the University.
During the training, the participants learned about bee management, lifestyle of bees and their role in pollination. They were also apprised about the importance of queen bees.
Programme co-ordinator, Dr Harish Sharma explained that the purpose of the training was to promote beekeeping as a profession among farmers.He added the farmers were also given information about traditional beekeeping so that they could start their small-scale ventures. Under the programme, the university will be organizing similar trainings for farmers in Kinnuar and Neri.
At the closing ceremony, Dr Narender Sharma, Dean College of Horticulture, urged the farmers to adopt beekeeping as an alternate source of income. He explained how bees were helpful in pollination and helped in getting high yield of various crops. Senior scientist Dr Jitender Kumar Gupta, told about the importance of good training in beekeeping. He asked the participants to explore entrepreneurship in this field or even start beekeeping as a hobby.