Friday, March 25, 2011



A five-day 'Basic Beekeeping Training Course' organized by the Department of Entomology, PAU, for scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) farmers and farm women of Punjab, concluded here today. Another batch of the training for SC and ST candidates will be organized from March 27-31, informed PAU scientists.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr Ashok Kumar Dhawan, Head, Department of Entomology, PAU, said that PAU has been pioneer in successful introduction, establishment, multiplication and dissemination of italian honey bee throughout the country. This brought about the commercialization of beekeeping in India in general and Punjab in particular, thereby enabling the country to export good quality of honey to the developed western countries. With the efforts of PAU experts, Punjab, today, is a leading state in apiary honey production and has emerged as the hub of beekeeping industry in India. Dr Dhawan informed that this training course was organized under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), wherein the trainees were reimbursed their to and fro fare and provided free literature on beekeeping.

Dr Pradeep Kumar Chhuneja, Technical Coordinator of the course, addressing the gathering said that the trainees were imparted both theoretical and practical training various aspects of beekeeping including species of honey bees, their castes and division of labour, life cycle of Italian honey bees, various considerations for starting beekeeping, design and application of various apicultural equipment and machinery and seasonal bee management practices. PAU experts also educated the farmers and farm women about the management of bee enemies and diseases including the recent problem of Varroa with thrust on its management, swarming, robbing and queenlessness problems in honey bee colonies and their remedies, queen bee rearing techniques, honey extraction and collection of other honey products viz. bee wax, royal jelly, pollen and propolis. The participants were also taken on a tour to hives and apicultural equipment and processing plants manufacturing industry.

PAU scientist Dr Jaspal Singh proposed the vote of thanks.
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