Bee Keeping a viable, attractive occupation in Jammu and Kashmir: Atal Dulloo
Addresses day-long Kissan Samellan at Srinagar
SRINAGAR: Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production Department (APD), Atal Dulloo today remarked that Bee Keeping is a viable and attractive occupation in Jammu and Kashmir and a large number of youth are taking it.
The ACS made these comments while addressing a day-long Kissan Samellan on Bee Keeping Progressive Farmers here.
The Kissan Samellan was attended by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Director Horticulture Kashmir, MD, JKHPMC, Secretary J&K Advisory Board for Development of Kisans, members of J&K Advisory Board for Development of Kisans, experts from SKUAST-K, District Agriculture officers, a large number of Bee Keepers and other progressive farmers.
Addressing the gathering, Atal Dulloo maintained that this Samellan will provide a roadmap for future progression of Bee Keeping sector and the feedback from this Samellan will give better insights for the government to approach the sector as per the needs of beekeepers. The ACS said that Bee Keeping has very much potential and sustainability in J&K and it is emerging as one of the viable sectors having maximum chances of employability.
Atal Dulloo further highlighted that the Government will provide e-marketing platforms for the Bee Keepers to sell their products which will eventually give them good returns. He also said that the GI tag for Kashmiri honey is also under the consideration of the government and a suitable plan for the same is being worked out.
The ACS further said that the Organic Certification for honey is also under the thought of the government besides Disease Diagnostic labs as well as Mobile vans for testing as well as upkeeping of bee colonies will be established to provide the best possible support for the community.
Atal Dulloo also highlighted that the plants which are most responsible for the production of honey will be protected under the National Honey Mission and the government will utilize all its efforts for the revival of the SOLAI plant.
In his welcome address, Director Agriculture Kashmir said that this Samellan will provide a platform to interact with Kisans and listen to their problems and concerns. He highlighted that with the constant handholding of the government, the farmers of J&K are getting National and International level platforms to showcase their products.
During the technical session of the Samellan, the experts from SKUAST-K spoke on the Revival of SOLAI as well as the Management of Varroa Mite disease in honey bees.
A progressive Bee Keeper from Pulwama also spoke on the occasion and talked about Bee Keeping in Kashmir, its scope, and challenges.
During the Samellan, various queries of progressive Bee Keepers were also addressed on the occasion.