Friday, March 22, 2013



A five-day basic training course on "Beekeeping," organized for the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe farmers and the farm women of Punjab, concluded at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today. The course was supervised by the Apiculture Unit of the PAU Department of Entomology under the auspices of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna.

In his remarks, Dr Baliwnder Singh, Head, Department of Entomology, said that the efforts of PAU have made the Punjab state emerge as a hub of beekeeping and a leader in apiary honey production in the country. He added, "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."

Dr P.K. Chhuneja, Incharge of Apiculture Unit, and the Course Director, informed that the experts acquainted the trainees with the importance, scope and economics of beekeeping; important considerations for starting beekeeping; management of bee enemies and diseases; and species of honey bees and their castes and division of labour. Besides, the experts laid thrust on the life cycle of Italian honey bees; design and application of various apicultural equipment; and management of bee colonies during spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons.

Dr Jaspal Singh, PAU Entomologist and Technical Coordinator of the course, said that the experts dwelt upon the technologies for the production of bee products; and the composition, processing, storage and use of honey. Apart from this, the trainees were apprised of beekeeping schemes under National Horticulture Mission; financing schemes of banks for beekeepers; and strategies and avenues for the marketing of honey and bee products, he told. The trainees were distributed certificates and a PAU literature on beekeeping.

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