Wednesday, March 20, 2013



A five-day basic training course on "Beekeeping" has been organized at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe farmers and the farm women of Punjab. The Apiculture Unit of the PAU Department of Entomology is coordinating the course, which has been organized under the aegis of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna.

Dr Baliwnder Singh, Head, Department of Entomology, highlighted, "The efforts of PAU have made the Punjab emerge as a hub of beekeeping and a leader in apiary honey production in the country. The University has been instrumental in the dissemination of scientific technologies in beekeeping to the various stakeholders through the organization of different level trainings, including for the scientists of state agricultural universities and ICAR institutes, he added.

Dr Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, Incharge of Apiculture Unit, and the Course Director, informed that the trainees will be imparted training in 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. Besides, the management of bee enemies and diseases including the problem of Varroa and its management; queen bee rearing techniques; honey extraction, and collection of other bee products viz. bee wax, royal jelly, pollen and propolis will be the focus areas. He told that the experts will also delve upon swarming, robbing and queenlessness problems in honey bee colonies and their remedies.

The PAU Entomologist, Dr Jaspal Singh, Technical Coordinator of the course, said that the experts will shed light on honey quality, grades, packing and procuring AGMARK. In addition, the experts will also share the strategies and avenues for honey marketing, and information on various beekeeping promotional and subsidy schemes under National Horticulture Mission.

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