Updated 11 Apr 2022, 6:48 pm
The Indian Parliament is taking keen interest in promoting organic honey as a source of livelihood for the rural population of India, Union minister of state RK Ranjan Singh said at the virtual inauguration of the Training Programme on Honeybee Keeping and Beehive Making at Khamasom Walely Village, Ukhrul district, Manipur on Monday.
Ranjan said Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has been pushing forward the necessity of applying modern scientific technology for improving the livelihood avenues of rural India. He emphasized that such initiative can certainly improve the villagers in Manipur. Beekeeping and honey production provide such an alternative means for livelihood, he said.
The function was organised by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), the Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS) and the Yang Honey Promotion Society (YHPS).
Singh fondly recalled his visit to Khamasom Walely village in 2021 where he declared the place as the ‘Honeybee Village of Manipur’.
He further recalled the visit in which he emphasized the need of popularizing the Walely honey through installing the latest technology in collaboration with ICAR (KVK Ukhrul).
He shared that a review of the progress of the venture was the need of the hour to gauge if there has been popular participation by the villagers and how far the mission has progressed.
Executive Director, South Asia Bamboo Foundation Kamesh Salam focused on the need for producing organic honey for sustainable economy through the use of bamboo beehive boxes.
He said bamboo grows in abundance in Ukhrul district and if the villagers upgrade their craftsmanship in making bamboo bee boxes, this could be another means of earning a livelihood.
He further emphasized that Khamasom Walely could enter into a collaboration with the National Bee Board of India to have testing centers for organic honey, thereby not only expanding the scope of honey production but also make the village a site of tourist attraction.
Faculty of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Homen Thangjam; Chairman, Khamasom Walely Village Authority, Judgeson Kasomwoshi, and others attended the function as dignitaries.
First published:11 Apr 2022, 6:48 pm
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