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Beekeeping Training and Exposure Visit Organized in Madurai

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Pune, December 21, 2008: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission's (KVIC) Madurai Region Divisional Office conducted a week-long beekeeping training course to 20 members of the Centre for Experiencing Socio-Cultural Interaction (CESCI) starting from November 20, 2008 at Chathirapatti, according a news report by R. Sairam in The Hindu dated November 10, 2008.
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Beekeeping On A Come-back Trail In Kodagu, Karnataka

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Pune, November 10, 2008: B. Shivram reports in the Deccan Herald dated November 3, 2008 that there are now encouraging signs of revival of apiculture in Kodagu district in Karnataka. The district was once famous for its honey, but during 1990s suffered devastating decline in beekeeping because of the Thai sacbrood disease.

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Plains Variety of Apis cerana indica Is Thai Sacbrood-Resistant

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Pune, October 1, 2008 (source: Article 'Farmer in South India discovers strong red bee' by Shree Padre, in Civil Society, August 2008): Thai sacbrood disease spread in south India during 1990s and destroyed thousands of the indigenous Apis cerana colonies along many traditional beekeeping areas.

In Karnataka beekeepers in the Western Ghats region were affected by this development.

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Honey Exports from India Likely to Be Hit

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Pune, June 20, 2008: More than ninety per cent of the samples of honey meant for export from India were found to contain residues of antibiotics and lead, according to a news report by Sukhdeep Kaur in the Indian Express, June 16, 2008.

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Beekeeping to Get Boost in Southern Districts of Tamil Nadu

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Pune 16, 2008: R. Sairam reports in the Hindu, June 7, 2008 that the ten southern districts of Tamil Nadu could soon get into apiculture in a big way. He got this information from Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Divisional Director, Madurai Region M.T. Wakode, formerly the KVIC's Deputy Director, Central Bee Research and Training Institute, Pune. KVIC was soon to take up a study in the region to assess the potential for keeping bees. According to Wakode Kodaikanal in Dindigul district is a promising area for profitable apiculture, and KVIC would provide technical assistance to farmers ready to take up this enterprise.

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