Palampur, November 25
The CSIR-IHBT, Palampur, in collaboration with the ICICI Foundation, Mumbai, organised two training-cum-awareness programmes in the state. The first programme for ‘Integration of Apiculture in Floriculture and Aromatic Crops’ was attended by 43 farmers at Shegli and Tihri villages in Mandi district. The other event conducted at Samoh and Vijaypur villages of Bilaspur district was attended by 53 farmers.
Farmers were trained in various aspects of modern beekeeping viz., management of bee colonies, pest and disease management of bees and cultivation of nectar plants for the year-round production of honey. Besides, visual demonstration of improved beehives for quality and hygienic extraction of honey was also given to farmers, along with honey byproducts (bee wax, pollen and propolis).
Sanjay Kumar, Director, CSIR-IHBT, asked farmers to integrate apiculture in floriculture, aromatic and fruit crops rich in nectar for pollination, higher production and additional income. —OC
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