Pune, August 18, 2011: Beekeeping with Apis mellifera is now popular in several regions in India, including Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Management of mellifera bee colonies involves their migration to locations with rich forage potential. Though beekeepers are undertaking migration for production, there is a great scope to increase the efficiency and improve honey production. This can be facilitated with a knowledge of floral resources and evolving appropriate migration schedules for different beekeeping regions. K. Lakshmi Rao and K. Subba Rao, researchers at the Central Bee Research and Training Institute, Pune made a detailed study of the floral resources for A. mellifera in India and seasons for honey production in different regions. They suggest various migration schedules for different phytogeographic regions in the country in a paper presented at the State-level Seminar on 'Awareness, Motivation and Technology Transfer for Development of Beekeeping in Andhra Pradesh', held on January 8-9, 2011 at Jangareddygudem, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. Reproduced hereunder is the paper taken from the Souvenir issued on the occasion by the National Bee Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.
Beekeeping with Apis mellifera in India
Workshop for Punjab Progressive Beekeepers at PAU
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.
Bee Pathology Training for Progressive Beekeepers Held at PAU
Chennai, July 9, 2011 (by Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja): A two-day 'Advance Training Course on Bee Diseases and Enemies and Their Management' was organized by the Department of Entomology, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana (PAU), on June 29-30, 2011, for progressive beekeepers of the State. The course was attended by 27 beekeepers from across Punjab.
Bee Pathology Training Course Conducted at Punjab Agricultural University
Chennai, June 1, 2011 (Press Note by: Dr. Pardeep K. Chhuneja): A 5-day advanced beekeeping training course on Bee Pathology was conducted during May 9 - 13, 2011 at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The course dealt with 'Bee Enemies and Diseases and Their Management', and was organized by the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana in collaboration with the University's Department of Entomology. The course was attended by 20 extension scientists and officers of PAU from Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Farm Advisory Services Scheme in different districts of Punjab, as also officers of the State departments of Agriculture/Horticulture.
Honey Production Declines in Kerala for the Third Consecutive Year
Chennai, May 9, 2011: Ignatius Pereira reports from Kollam, Kerala in the The Hindu dated May 9, 2011 that honey production in Kerala registered a fall for the third consecutive year.
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