Friday, November 30, 2012



A state level training-cum-workshop for the members of Progressive Beekeepers Association will be held on December 5 at Kairon Kisan Ghar of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The workshop will be organized under the aegis of the Directorate of Extension Education of PAU.

Divulging details, Dr M.S. Gill, Director of Extension Education, said that the trainees will be equipped with the schemes of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in addition to the quality improvement of honey. An interactive session will also be held amongst the progressive beekeepers.

Meanwhile, the Department of Entomology of the PAU will be organizing a "Special Basic Beekeeping Training Course for SC/ST" from December 3-7 at the University Bee Farm. The course will be supported and facilitated by Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna. The Head of Entomology Department, Dr Balwinder Singh said that the farm experts will delve upon honey bee colonies, colony organization, lifecycle of honey bees, and management of honey bee colonies during summer, monsoon, autumn, spring and winter seasons. Besides, experts will highlight the importance, scope and utility of beekeeping and bee-flora; bee enemies and their management; diseases of honey bees and their management; identification and management of bee mites and diseases; and technologies for products of bee products. Dr Singh added that the trainees will be imparted training in the composition, processing, storage and use of honey; honey extraction and wax purification; and strategies and avenues for honey and bee products marketing. The experts will also educate the participants about economics of beekeeping, financing schemes of banks for beekeepers and beekeeping schemes under National Horticulture Mission, he told.

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