A five-day apiculture training course, organised by the apiculture unit of the department of entomology, Punjab gricultural University (PAU), for scheduled caste farmers and farm women of Punjab, concluded here on Friday.
About 50 trainees from various districts of the state participated in this training course.
In his address, chief guest Dr HS Dhaliwal, dean, College of Agriculture, impressed upon the trainees to start beekeeping activity as the state government would providing various financial aids by means of subsidies under various schemes.
He shared the state government's plan towards the intensification of beekeeping training programmes in the state.
Dhaliwal also urged landless farmers to adopt this highly economic activity that helped in generating their livelihood, thus guaranteeing them social and economic security.
Dhaliwal also called upon the trainees to maintain contact with the PAU apiculture experts for technical guidance on various aspects of beekeeping.
Besides, he shared the importance of bee breeding for the improvement of honey bee stock, and said that there was an ample scope of expansion in the profession through adoption of diversification in apiculture itself.
Dhaliwal distributed certificates among all trainees alongwith the PAU publications on beekeeping in Punjabi language.
In his presidential remarks, Dr Balwinder Singh, head, department of entomology and director (students' welfare), highlighted that PAU was instrumental in dissemination of scientific technologies in beekeeping to the various stakeholders through the organisation of different level trainings, including programmes for the scientists of state agricultural universities and ICAR institutes.
Singh urged the trainees to adopt beekeeping enterprise and generate their own livelihood. He ensured that the scientists of the PAU Department of Entomology would always render their scientific help as and when required by the beekeepers.
Dr PK Chhuneja, incharge of apiculture unit and the course director, shared that in this course, the trainees were imparted information and training on various aspects of beekeeping including seasonal bee management practices; management of bee enemies and diseases; swarming, robbing and queenlessness problems in honey bee colonies and their remedies; queen bee rearing techniques; honey extraction and collection of other bee products viz. bee wax, royal jelly, pollen and propolis.
Dr Chhuneja added that another seven-day apiculture training course for the beginners had been scheduled for October 23-29, under the National Horticulture Mission.