PASIGHAT, May 14: A seven-day training programme on “Scientific beekeeping for the farmers/beekeepers of East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh” began at the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat on Tuesday.
The programme is sponsored by National Bee Board, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmer Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt of India under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
In his inaugural speech, Dr B N Hazarika, Dean, CHF, CAU, Pasighat, highlighted the importance of beekeeping in Arunachal Pradesh for fulfilling PM Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. He also briefed the trainees about the benefits of adopting scientific beekeeping in increasing crop production and productivity in Arunachal Pradesh.
Dr Hazarika also emphasized that KVK and CHF should act as lighthouse of scientific technologies for farmers of the region.
Briefing the farmers about current scenario of beekeeping in NEH region, Dr D B Ahuja, Head, Department of Plant Protection, CHF, encouraged them to adopt scientific beekeeping and grow more flower crop and integrate beekeeping with agricultural and horticultural crops to generate extra and sustainable income.
Dr Mahesh Pathak, Sr Scientist & Head, KVK East Siang and course director of training programme apprised the house about the different activities planned to encourage farmers to adopt the scientific beekeeping in the district.
Toge Riba, resource person from KVK East Siang, also emphasized on integration of scientific beekeeping with crop production for improving socio-economic condition of the farmers.
The trainees also visited demonstration units of KVK East Siang to get practical experience on integration of beekeeping with orchard of horticultural crops viz. lemon, litchi, apple and guava. Twenty-five progressive farmers and beekeepers from Sille village of East Siang district are attending the weeklong training programme.