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Bee keeping still at nascent stage, says P. Longon
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Mar. 2011 1:06 AM IST
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A two-day state level seminar on awareness, motivational and technology transfer for development of beekeeping in Nagaland began Wednesday at North East Agri Expo Site, 4th Mile here with Nagaland minister for soil & water conservation P. Longon as chief guest.
P. Longon addressing the inaugural function of the two-day seminar as chief guest, said state government realizing the immense potential of beekeeping sector had launched NBHM in the year 2007 to harness the rich potential and also to create a road map for development of beekeeping in the state, which he said was still at a nascent stage. He also revealed that ever since the beekeeping mission was launched, the production of honey in Nagaland escalated to 200 metric tones per annum, adding it also provided diversified employment opportunities. Highlighting the importance of crop pollination by bees, Longon said if apiculture (beekeeping) was promoted as an important input for agriculture, production of various crops would enhance manifold with almost 80% of population in Nagaland engaged in agricultural activities.
Further, while expressing hope that the seminar would do the needful in motivating and providing the technology transfer to the farmers of the state, Longon also urged the participants to formulate points of convergence and arrive at a holistic approach for the development of the ever promising beekeeping and honey sector.
Also, speaking at the opening function, NBB executive director Dr B.L Saraswat said adopting apiculture could enhance productivity of agricultural crops and simultaneously increase farmer’s revenue and generate more employment. He further underlined that bee pollination help improve quality of produce.
According to Dr. Saraswat India requires about 200 million bee colonies –– of Apis mellifera (European honey bee), which has the potential to provide employment to around 215 lakh persons. NBHM team member Neilazono Terhuja, during a power point presentation at the technical session, highlighted the present status and challenges of bee keeping in the state.
The seminar is being organised by Nagaland Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM) and sponsored by National Bee Board (NBB), under central department of agriculture & cooperation, ministry of Agriculture.

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