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Beekeepers Make Honey, Farmers Make Money

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Pune, January 21, 2008 (source: The Indian Express online, December 21, 2007): Beekeepers from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar migrated their bee colonies to the mustard fields in Ganganagar, Alwar, bharatpur, Kota, jaipur and Bikaner in Rajasthan during this winter.

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Varroa Havoc In Kashmir Valley

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Pune, April 23, 2008 (sources: Rising Kashmir Daily March 9, 2008; Bees for Development Journal No. 79, 2006): Beekeeping in the Kashmir valley is facing a severe crisis since the past five years with more and more bee colonies succumbing to Varroa destructor infestation. Mehraj-u-Din Ahmad, Apiculture Development Officer of the State Department of Agriculture says that about 90 per cent of 40,000 bee colonies were lost.

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Rain Hits Honey Production in Kerala

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Pune, April 15, 2008 (source: R. Madhavan Nair, The Hindu ePaper, Monday April 7, 2008): Rubber plantation areas in Kerala experienced heavy summer rains during the main nectar flow season. This adversely affected honey production in the state. Even the quality of honey produced was low due to high moisture percentage.

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Madhu Duniya in the Eastern Ghats Forests

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Pune, April 25, 2008 (source: Voices from the Forest, No. 14, March 2008): The Non-Timber Forest Produce Exchange Programme for South and Southeast Asia (NFTP-EP), and the Keystone Foundation, Nilgiris and LAYA, Vishakapatnam, jointly organized a “Madhu Duniya” Conference on November 26-29, 2007 in the Araku Valley in the Eastern Ghats near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

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Beekeeping Development by Haryana Agro-Industries Corporation

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Pune, October 23, 2007 (from: Expressindia, Chandigarh Newsline, Saturday June 23, 2007): The Haryana Agro Industries Corporation (HAIC) had fixed a target to supply 5,000 bee colonies and 6,000 bee hives to beekeepers on subsidy during the financial year 2007-2008, in an effort to encourage farmers and unemployed youth to adopt the profession of beekeeping to become self-reliant.
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