Recently Director Agriculture Kashmir, inaugurated seven days divisional level training programme (DLTP) on scientific beekeeping under (NBHM) at Agriculture Complex Lalmandi Srinagar.
The inaugural session of the week-long program was attended by beekeepers, students and officers of the department.
He highlighted the importance of small scale Agri- Cottage industries like beekeeping, Mushroom Cultivation and other allied activities in the overall development of agriculture sector.
He said the main focus of organising such training programmes is to promote small scale agri-cottage industries like beekeeping among the farmers and educated youth of the region.
He said the agriculture diversification is the key to reduce risk in farming activities and hence beekeeping has emerged as one of the important tools which not only enhance agricultural income of the farming community but also secure it against changes in climate and soil resources.
He expressed satisfaction and said many people; mostly educated youth are able to earn their livelihood, because of honey bee colonies. With time, more and more young men and women are turning towards beekeeping. He said beekeeping forms the potential part of integrated farming and could play an important role in increasing the farmers income.
He said that beekeeping as an off- farm activity has a potential of employment generation due to wide agro-climatic diversity enabling round the year bee flora availability.