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Beekeeping seminar culminates
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Mar. 2011 12:23 AM IST
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Two-day state level seminar on awareness, motivational and technology transfer for development of beekeeping in Nagaland, which started March 9, concluded Thursday with APC & principal secretary (agriculture) H.K Khulu gracing the valedictory session as chief guest here at Agri Expo Site, 4th Mile.
Lauding the Nagaland Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM) and National Bee Board (NBB) for successfully organizing the seminar, the APC said the outcome of the seminar would mark the beginning of economic development in the state.
He particularly expressed appreciation to NBB executive director Dr. B.L. Saraswat for educating bee farmers, sharing the knowledge and putting across various suggestions.
Pointing out that though beekeeping has been practiced in the state for many decades, the APC said now scientific beekeeping has been set to help enhance productivity to bring it to sustainable level with scientific inputs and better technology.
The agriculture production commissioner said he was looking forward to “group of people” who would contribute immensely to GDP of the state.
Stating that NBHM was the first mission on honey in the country, the APC said the government could even take the mission to a higher level by setting up Integrated Beekeeping Development Centre (IBDC) in the state.
Talking about the quality control in honey production, the APC pointed out that EU has banned import of honey from India due to excessive use of chemicals.
He said Naga beekeepers might not get good returns unless they maintained quality. To this, he urged farmers to bear in mind the quality and hygienic honey production. APC also requested the farmers to have patience in their venture.
He urged them to go back to their respective villages, districts and share the knowledge they gained from the seminar.
Earlier, NBB executive director Dr. B.L Saraswat suggested several points for further development of beekeeping in the state.
He said capacity building programmes were required to create awareness about yield increase in crops due to bee pollination.
Dr. Saraswat suggested developing of scientific beekeeping and the need to develop bee breeders in the state.
Dr. Saraswat also stressed on need to promote stingless bees and Apis Mellifera in Nagaland by adopting scientific beekeeping.
Altogether 312 participants from across the state took part in the seminar. The chief guest also gave away certificates to the participants.

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