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Honey Production in Kashmir Valley Hit by Untimely Rains

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Chennai, December 10, 2010: A news report in the India Vision dated December 6, 2010 says that untimely rains during summer this year adversely affected honey production in the Kashmir Valley. According to the officials of the Jammu & Kashmir State department of apiculture the production might decline by 50 to 60 per cent. The main flow season in the region is during late summer and fall. This year however bees could not gather adequate nectar from the flowers mainly due to late summer rains and bad weather in September .

The NDTV news broadcast on June 16, 2009 said that about 250 metric tons of honey was produced during 2008 and it was likely to go p by another 20 per cent during 2009.

Nagaland Honey Fest During November 23 - 27, 2010

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Chennai, November 2, 2010: The Nagaland Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) is organizing a mega Honey Fest during the second North-East Agri Expo from November 23 - 27, 2010 in Dimapur. It is expected to bring in many bee and honey enthusiasts from Nagaland and other north eastern states of the country. Honey Fest LogoMhathung Yanthan, Director, NBHM and Team Leader says in his invitation and Guide Brochure: the event will provide an opportunity to interact, explore, collaborate, exchange learnings and experience and meet new people who are passionately involved in the beekeeping and honey sector from India and  neighboring countries and particularly the beekeeping community of the North-Eastern Region of India. It will also highlight the role of different stakeholders in the beekeeping and honey industry.

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Antibiotics in Honey Prohibited in India - FSSAI, Government of India Advisory

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Chennai, October 27, 2010: In an almost immediate reaction to the report by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on antibiotic residues in some branded honeys from Delhi (see article dated October 2, 2010), the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India (FSSAI) have issued an advisory on September 24, 2010 clarifying that safety standards in India particularly with reference to antibiotics in honey are similar to those in the European Union, Codex Alimentarius (of the Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations) and the USA, where they are completely prohibited.

The advisory, however, does not mention about the action taken under the Food Safety and Standards Act on the CSE reported cases of honeys not conforming to the standards.

Beekeeping Training Programmes

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Chennai, October 19, 2010:

In Nagaland: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Battalion at Zubza, Kohima organized a three-day training programme in beekeeping from September 25 to 27, 2010 with the cooperation of the Nagaland Beekeeping & Honey Mission, Kohima.Participants of Beekeeping Training at Zubza, Kohima About 30 villagers from nearby villages attended the course. P.M. Ramalingam, DIGP (Ops), CRPF, Kohima, who was the chief guest at the function on the occasion, presented bee boxes and accessories to the trainees. He informed that CRPF, besides their normal duties, also were involved in the social development work through their civic action programme.

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That's Money, Honey!

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Chennai, October 6, 2010: Reacting to the media reports about findings of the Centre for Science and Environment on antibiotic residues in branded honeys in India, Vikram Doctor, a journalist working with the Economic Times, who writes a weekly food column "On My Plate", posted an article entitled "That's money, honey!" on October 1, 2010. As the article is very relevant to the issue and makes an interesting read, it is reproduced below with his permission.

That's money, honey!

Vikram DoctorVikram Doctor, Economic Times, Friday October 1, 2010

Honey is in the news these days, but it has been some time since it featured in this column, and there's a reason for that. A few years back I wrote about the wonderful mono-floral honeys being brought to the market by a Mumbai based NGO, Under The Mango Tree (UTMT).

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