Thursday, February 17, 2011



The preparations are on at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for the honey festival and flower show, to be held in February on the campus. A Honey Festival-cum-Experience Exchange Workshop on \'Prospects and promotion of apiculture for augmenting hive & crop productivity' is being organized from February 22-24 by the Department of Entomology, PAU, in collaboration with the Directorate of Extension Education under the aegis of National Horticulture Mission (NHM). Dr. A.K.Dhawan, Head, Department of Entomology said that the festival aims to take the stock of the past achievements, present status of beekeeping and to suggest the guidelines for the future of this agro based farmers' activity. The event will have one day honey mela on February 22 at open-air-theatre and the honey exhibition on the mela grounds during February 22-23. The experience exchange workshop on bee-keeping will be organized on February 23-24 in the Pal Auditorium, said

Dr. Dhawan adding that about 2,000 beekeepers and apicultural scientists from across the country will be participating in this event. The leading scientists will hold deliberations on the prospects of beekeeping entrepreneurship, its diversification, research needs, the scientific interventions and the advances in the beekeeping. In addition, an apicultural exhibition will be put up by various government organizations, NGOs, beekeeping societies and associations to showcase the latest technologies, innovations and status of bee-keeping in the country, said Dr. Dhawan.

Meanwhile, the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, PAU, in collaboration with the Estate Organization and the Department of Family Resource Management, PAU, is organizing Dr.M.S.Randhawa Flower Show and Competition on February 24 -25, near the examination hall of the university. Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will inaugurate the show on February 24 at 3.00 pm. The departmental Head, Dr. Kushal Singh said that the competition will involve the participation of individuals, private institutions, amateurs, government and semi-government institutions and nurseries. There will be 10 classes and 101 sections comprising of fresh/dry flower arrangements, different flowers, foliage, cactus, ferns and bonsai plants. The show will be open for general public till 6.30 p.m. and the prize distribution function will be held at 3.00 P.M. on February 25.
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