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  • Awareness program on beekeeping conducted

JAMMU: One day Awareness Camp on Beekeeping was conducted at Gajansoo Marh of Jammu Area for making local population aware about the Honey Mission of Government of India. On the Occasion was Chairperson (North Zone) Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Dr. Hina Shafi Bhat was present as Chief Guest while BJP MLA Shri Sukhnandan Choudary was present as Guest of Honour. Besides, Shri Anil Kumar Sharma Assistant Director, KVIC and Sarpanches and locals were also present.

Addressing the Programme Dr. Hina said that KVIC has already planned to create 50,000 new jobs for farmers, tribals and others and supplement their incomes by promoting honey beekeeping across India in the next one year. She said professional beekeeping by trained beneficiaries is expected to supplement their family’s annual income by up to 50,000. The beneficiaries mainly include low-income groups of farmers and those from the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes.

Dr. Hina Said that KVIC provides the beneficiaries access to infrastructure, training, collection, processing and marketing network through its 12,000 outlets across India.” KVIC realised the potential of honey collection when, in 2016-17, India exported 45,138 tons of honey. India is currently placed at the 15th spot in the world in this sector. “China collects honey from over one crore bee boxes while we have so far only 12 lakh bee boxes. Now, we are targeting distribution of 1.25 lakh boxes next year and aim to reach an overall target of one crore boxes over the next few years.

In the meantime, during the programme awareness about Prime Ministers Employment Generation (PMEGP) was also conducted. Shri Anil Kumar Sharma highlighted the salient features of the scheme and explained the procedure of filling up the application form online. They informed that the main objective of the scheme is to generate continuous and sustainable employment opportunities in both the rural as well as urban areas besides empowering the entrepreneurs by organising various skill development programmes. The participants were informed that the scheme is implemented through KVIC, KVIB and DIC and there is no income ceiling for setting up of projects under the scheme and assistance under the scheme is available only for establishing new units.