‘Nagaland produced 420 MT of Honey in 2017-18’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/6/2019 12:00:30 PM IST

Nagaland produced 420 Metric Tonnes (MT) of honey in 2017-18. This is an increase from the 120 metric tonnes being produced before the Nagaland Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) was launched in 2007.

Chuchuyimlang village alone produces three to four tonnes of honey annually, with each khel of the village producing around 800 kilograms. This was stated by deputy secretary NBHM, T Imtiwapang Aier, who is on a tour of various districts as reported in two separate press releases issued by NBHM media cell.

According to one of the press releases, a sensitization and consultative meeting was organized for Village Beekeeper Committees (VBKCs) of Longleng district at DUDA guest house in Longleng town on February 6.

Officials led by T. Imtiwapang Aier are visiting various apiaries scattered across Longleng district to gather first hand information from beekeepers. 

A district level consultative meeting for VBKCs in Longleng was held for the first time to promote beekeeping in the district. 

Speaking at the meeting, the NBHM team leader appealed to beekeepers in the district to remove the culture of subsidies from their minds and solve difficulties through innovative ideas. He brought up fund constraints faced by the mission but assured the beekeepers that NBHM was channelizing its fund streams to assist genuine beekeepers. He pointed out that beekeeping does not require hard manual labour like other farms but it needs time and proper management which result in huge returns. He also suggested that the VBKCs form a Beekeepers’ Federation under Longleng district to avail various schemes and facilities from allied sectors. According to Aier, the Government of India is putting much importance on drawing womenfolk to beekeeping, and he encouraged women to take up beekeeping as a profession. More than 40 Beekeepers from various VBKC blocks under Longleng district attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, a two-day basic training on beekeeping was conducted at Yachen village on February 6, organized by NBHM under the RKVY project.

Resource persons for the training camp were Er Nitoshe Kinimi, team member Longleng in-charge and Francis Kikon project assistant NBHM.

Meanwhile, on February 5, a Common Facility Centre for beekeepers in Chuchuyimlang was inaugurated by T. Imtiwapang Aier, some 30 kms away from Mokokchung headquarter.

Addressing the gathering, the deputy secretary stated that the state government was able to realize and tap the potential of beekeeping and honey production for various purposes only in 2007 resulting in the formation of NBHM. He lauded the advancement of the Gandhi Ashram under the stewardship of Natwar Thakkar, who had already realized the prospects of beekeeping before the state could, and started to impart the skill of practicing scientific beekeeping in Chuchuyimlang during the 1960s. 

The team leader also said that the NBHM is now focused on a need base method and the mission will provide full support to genuine beekeepers.

Earlier, Takonungsang, a pioneer beekeeper in Chuchuyimlang, who was trained by Gandhi Ashram in the 1960s, was also given a recognition certificate and a cash reward for his work.

The deputy secretary also visited apiaries in Mopungchuket, Merangkong compound and Mongyimti village on February 4.  He also visited apiaries in Yisemyong, Mokokchung district and Yangching village under Longleng district on February 5. He also informed beekeepers about the changing funding pattern where funds are directly transferred to beneficiaries. 

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