The apiculture unit of the department of entomology at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) organised a daylong refresher beekeeping training course on Monday.
Dr Lajwinder S Brar, horticulture director, Punjab, and secretary of Punjab Beekeeping Development and Promotion Board, was the chief guest for the valedictory function. HS Dhaliwal, dean, College of Agriculture, PAU, was the guest of honour for the function.
The training course was organised under the aegis of National Horticulture Mission. Speaking on the occasion, Brar said, “Creating awareness amongst the masses about the consumption of honey is vital.”
Brar shared about Punjab government's laudable role in initiating and the quick implementation of the newly chalked out comprehensive programme for the promotion of beekeeping in the state, which inter-alia includes conducting 238 training courses on beekeeping in a year, jointly by the PAU (175) and the state department of agriculture (63).
Stating that the government is serious about addressing the problems of the state beekeepers, he highlighted various schemes for the promotion of beekeeping under the National Horticulture Mission.
Brar stressed on holding effective training programmes to ensure tangible impact in terms of increase in the number of state beekeepers as well as rise in the standards of living of rural populace. In his presidential remarks, MS Gill, extension education director, PAU, said, “In the advent of focus on nutritional security, honey has a major role to play.” He underlined the need to spread awareness among the public about the natural phenomenon of granulation of honey, in order to do away with their suspicions regarding pure honey.
Gill stressed on determining the honey production potential of the bee flora for working out the carrying capacity of honey bee colonies. He ensured all need-based technical support to the trainers from the PAU.
A total of 37 extension scientists and officers working at Krishi Vigyan Kendras; and agriculture and horticulture officers working in the state attended the training.