Chennai, June 11, 2012 (Thanks to Dr. K.K. Kshirsagar, Pune for the news alert): In a news story in The Financial Express dated June 8, 2012, Ashwani Sharma says that there are over 85,000 families in Himachal Pradesh engaged in beekeeping and the state produces 1600 tonnes of honey annually. The state is becoming the biggest producer of Himalayan honey.
Honey Bees, Honey Production and Horticulture in Himachal Pradesh
National Bee Day Celebrated
Chennai, February 17, 2012 (Thanks to Ms Sujana Krishnamoorthy, UTMT for the report): As announced in the 'Events Notices' column dated January 23, 2012 in this site, the UTMT (Under the Mango Tree, Mumbai) organized the country's first-ever National Bee Day on February 5, 2012 at the Maharashtra Nature Park, Dharavi, Mumbai. Originall conceived as 'Cerana Day' the celebration of the event was later renamed, more appropriately as 'National Bee Day'. The event elicited enthusiastic response from public including children and was a grand success. Following is a report on the event sent in by UTMT's Sujana Krishnamoorthy, Event Organizer and Programme Leader, UTMT. She also kindly provided the photographs of the event.
Meliponiculture Getting Popular in Kerala
Chennai, January 21, 2012: The Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) is now implementing a project approved by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to promote and develop meliponiculture in the State as a valuable source of income to farmers. The University scientists developed appropriate technologies for honey production by rearing stingless bees (see news dated February 5, 2011 in this site).
Beekeeping Scheme for Haryana Scheduled Caste Farmers
Chennai, December 29, 2011: A UNI news report dated December 29, 2011 says that the Haryana Department of Agriculture is implementing a scheme for scientific beekeeping and quality honey production for the benefit of agricultural and non-agricultural farm laborers and landless laborers belonging to the scheduled castes. Under the scheme, bee hives, hive stands, honey cans, honey extractors and bee colonies are provided to the beneficiaries at 75 per cent of the cost.
Honey Bees Forage on Sweet Residual Liquids in Disposed Paper Cups
Chennai, November 24, 2011: Nowadays any news that mention 'colony collapse disorder in honey bees' attracts media attention. This is because of the increasing awareness of the importance of honey bees and other pollinators for agricultural production.
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