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Beekeeping Enterprises in India Can Now Get 100 Per Cent Foreign Direct Investment

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Chennai, October 15, 2011: Apiculture activities in India can now get 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) under controlled conditions, as per the new FDI Policy, announced in the Circular 2 of 2011 released on September 30, 2011 by the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). The new half-yearly consolidated FDI Policy is effective from October 1, 2011.

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Rubber Board Continues Financial Assistance to Beekeeping

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Chennai, October 19, 2010: The Rubber Board, Kottayam, Kerala has decided to continue the scheme for providing financial assistance during 2010-11 to rubber farmers for beekeeping. Following is the text of the press release of news by the Rubber Board.

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Bees for Poverty Reduction Pilot - UTMT -- Case Studies

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Chennai, October 14, 2010: Under the Mango Tree (UTMT), registered as a society, was set up by Ms. Vijaya Pastala and has in 2009 established 'The Hive', an endeavor to promote community-based beekeeping - "Bees for Poverty Reduction" (BPR), as a solution to India's natural resource problem, specifically decline in agriculture production with a view to increasing incomes and improving livelihoods. This unique BPR pilot project brings together under one umbrella the concepts of (1) creation and diversification of livelihoods in rural areas by adding beekeeping to the basket of activities, (2) increased and sustainable market access for primary producers by facilitating a buyback arrangement for honey and beeswax at premium prices through certification (organic, fair trade), and (3) harnessing the inherent potential of honey bees to add to agricultural productivity due to their role as pollinators. Its main objective is to support, train and partner with beekeepers across the country in the production and marketing of high quality single flora gourmet honey that is available seasonally across India.

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KVIC offers Rs 2.5 million loan to promote Beekeeping

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Pune February 3, 2010 (source: Punjab Newsline dated November 23, 2009): The Khadi and Village Industries Commission organized a Honey Week in Chandigarh during the week ending November 23, 2009. Following is the news about this event as reported in the Punjab Newsline.

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National Bee Board Organizes Apiculture Training to NE State Project Officials

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Pune, May 15, 2008 (source: Nagaland Post, May 13, 2008): The National Bee Board (NBB) sponsored a 4-day Apiculture Training to about 25 beekeeping development officials from the North-Eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland from May 6 to 9, 2008 according to the press release issued by Nagaland Bee and Honey Mission (NBHM) member, Chubanungla Shilu.
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