Farmers must be given training in beekeeping, say PAU experts

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2014 20:46 IST

Beekeeping has become very popular in Punjab due to the rising demand for honey that has several health benefits. "However, beekeeping can be developed further only through scientific and regular training from experts", said Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, head of the entomology farm at Punjab Agricultural University.

"Although most beekeeping farmers undergo regular training and enroll in various courses to learn new techniques, there are many others who adopt unscientific methods," he added.

"PAU offers free training for farmers across the state. A few important steps must be followed like the kind of equipment to be purchased and marketing of products", said Chhuneja.
"Beekeeping has huge scope for improving the financial position of farmers," added Jaspal Singh, entomologist.

Gagan Jyot Kaur, assistant professor at PAU's Krishi Vigyan Kendra, said: "Beekeeping is being actively promoted under the National Horticulture Mission. Punjab, which accounts for 1.53% of the country's total land area, contributes 30% of natural apiary honey. Honey production has jumped from 0.7 tonnes in 1976 to 14,000 tonnes in 2012. More and more farmers are adopting this form of cultivation due to various economic and social reasons," Kaur said.

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