Chennai, December 7, 2010: The Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (PAU) is organizing a Honey Festival and Beekeeping Experience Exchange Workshop (HFEEW) during February 22-24, 2011 at Ludhiana. Following is the letter from Dr. Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, Professor, Department of Entomology-Apiculture, PAU and Convenor of the HFEEW, requesting participation in the Event.
HONEY FESTIVAL-CUM-EXPERIENCE EXCHANGE WORKSHOP ON
PROSPECTS AND PROMOTION OF APICULTURE FOR AUGMENTING HIVE & CROP PRODUCTIVITY
Honorable Sir / Madam:
I am greatly pleased to inform that the Department of Entomology in collaboration with the Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana is going to organize Honey Festival-cum-Experience Exchange Workshop (HFEEW) on Prospects and Promotion of Beekeeping for Augmenting Hive and Crop Productivity on February 22-24, 2011 at PAU, Ludhiana. About 2000 beekeepers and apiculture scientists from various states of the country are likely to participate in this event.
On the first day, i.e., February 22, 2011, Honey Festival-cum-Beekeepers Participatory Interactive Workshop will be organized in which apiculture scientists from various states of the country will share their experiences with beekeepers regarding prospects of beekeeping entrepreneurship and its diversification, and problems of beekeeping and their solutions.
On February 23 and 24, 2011, a national level Experience Exchange Workshop on Prospects and Promotion of Apiculture for Augmenting Hive and Crop Productivity will be organized. During this workshop, scientific interventions and the advances in beekeeping and research needs will be discussed by eminent scientists working in this field. These events will be of great value to the beekeepers of the country. The beekeepers will acquire technical information on scientific bee management, diseases and enemies of honey bees and their management, bee flora, use and benefits of honey bees for crop pollination and diversification of beekeeping to further improve their colony and crop productivity.
In the Honey Festival event, various government organizations, NGOs, beekeepers, beekeeping societies and associations and beekeeping entrepreneurs will put up their exhibits displaying their hive products, apiculture equipment and achievements. A competition among various stalls for their exhibits and beekeepers for their product development will also be arranged and the winners will be suitably honoured.
You are requested to actively participate in this mega event. On the occasion of the event, a Souvenir, Proceedings fo the theme / lead lectures and Proceedings of the poster presentations will also be released. You are requested to give wider publicity to this event and motivate various beekeeping organizations and stakeholders to participate in the event and also put up their exhibit stalls.
Interested stakeholders may also send their advertisements for printing in the Souvenir for wide publicity.
With the participation and support from all of you, we shall be able to usher in a speedy development of beekeeping in the country leading to both increased hive and crop productivity, higher profitability and hence improved economic and social status of rural India.
Looking forward to see you in Ludhiana in February 2011, and with best regards,
Pardeep K. Chhuneja, Convenor (HFEEW)
Dr. Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, Ph.D. (Apiculture), Professor of Entomology (Honey Bees), Scientist In-charge (SRTT Project on Varroa), In-Charge, Apiculture Unit, Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana 141 004, Punjab, India
Member, International Honey Commission, India Representative, ISO (TC-34), Executive Secretary, All India Beekeepers Association (AIBA), Member, Publication Advisory Committee, AIBA, Chief Editor, Bharatiya Maunpalan, AIBA, Member, Publication Advisory Committee-cum-Editor, Indian Bee Journal; Editor, Journal of Insect Science; Associate Editor, Indian Journal of Crop Science