Chennai, July 9, 2011 (from PAU Press Note sent by Dr. Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja): A 1-day State Level Workshop of Progressive Beekeepers of Punjab was organized by the Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (PAU), at PAU's Kairon Kisan Ghar on July 6, 2011.
Dr. Jaswinder Singh Bhalla, Coordinator of the Workshop informed that progressive beekeepers from various districts of the State thronged the PAU to attend the Workshop. Dr. Bhalla reviewed and confirmed the proceedings of the last workshop of the Progressive Beekeepers Association (PBKA) and stated that this endeavour on the part of the PAU and the beekeepers was mutually beneficial.
Dr. Pardeep K. Chhuneja, Professor and Incharge, Apiculture Unit, provided relevant information to the beekeepers on various aspects of bee pathology and discussed the techniques of collection of disease samples for diagnosis. He advised the beekeepers to screen their stock for disease resistance, to label hygienic colonies as queen breeder colonies in order to use the reared queen bees for stock multiplication and requeening. He exhorted the beekeepers to follow only non-chemical methods for the management of bee diseases and other problems and never to use any antibiotics. He also advised the beekeepers to regularly read Changi Kheti/Progressive Farming and other beekeeping related PAU publications to keep them abreast of the latest information on beekeeping. He stated that scientific management was the ladder to the success in beekeeping. Dr. Chhuneja informed them that he was available through Free Farmers Call Centre phone for information and advise on beekeeping related problems. He requested the beekeepers to provide feedback to the PAU on various menaces in beekeeping so that timely strategies for their management could be devised.
Dr. Jaspal Singh, Entomologist, discussed various problems in beekeeping during the rainy season in Punjab. He stated that monsoon was the most difficult period for beekeepers owing to high humidity, frequent rains, dearth of bee forage, robbing and the problem of bee pests and enemies including wax moth, wasp, ants, and predatory birds. He explained the effective management of all these problems, and gave information on various artificial feeds including PAU pollen substitute and supplement for ensuring satisfactory growth of the colonies. Shri Gurnek Singh and Shri Ranjit Singh, President and General Secretary, respectively, of Progressive Beekeepers Association (PBKA) also interacted with beekeepers on various issues including problems of marketing and export of honey. The Workshop ended with the President of PBKA proposing a Vote of Thanks.