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NEHU inaugurates adoption of Honey Village

Prof PS Shukla, Vice-Chancellor, North-Eastern Hill University inaugurated the adoption of Honey Village.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 14 Dec 2022, 8:31 pm

(Representational Image: Unsplash)
(Representational Image: Unsplash)

The North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong on Wednesday inaugurated the adoption of Honey Village.

The Honey Village was inaugurated by Prof PS Shukla, vice-chancellor, NEHU, in the presence of SG Momin (MCS, BDO, Gambegre Block), Prof Sujata Guru Dev (Campus i/c, NEHU, Tura Campus), and Dr R Sasikumar (Nodal Officer, Incubation Centre, NEHU, Tura Campus), Frederick A Sangma (Functional Manager, DCIC Tura and Nodal Officer, Apiculture Mission) gave a short introduction about the programme.

Shukla demonstrated to the people how beekeeping will help in the development of the village by improving the livelihood of future generations.

The positive effect given by beekeeping is that they promote pollination and also produce honey which will give employment to the farmers doubling their income.

The plants were also selectively chosen for each month and grown so that there won’t be a shortage of flowers for the bees to feed on. This is why beekeeping is called a green industry.

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Dr R Sasikumar expressed his journey towards the adoption of Honey Village. He, with his
team, contacted DCIC Tura and joined hands to work for the Apiculture Mission. They
conducted skill training for potential apiculture farmers in the Incubation Centre of NEHU, Tura Campus.

A total of 150 apiculture farmers were identified from five villages, namely Aminda Ading, AmindaRangsa, AmindaSimsanggre and Chigitchakgre village, from Gambegre C&RD blocks, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya.

The apiculture farmer was trained successfully and input supports were distributed. Each Apiculture Input Support kit includes bee boxes, bee nets, extractors, and other equipment and was funded under North East Hill (NEH) Scheme, ICAR.

He also stated that more Apiculture Input Supports will be provided based on the performance of the farmers.

The NEHU programme was implemented by ICAR-NIBSM, Raipur, Chhattisgarh in collaboration with NEHU at Meghalaya in 2019 for the welfare and socio-economic development of farmers in the North Eastern Region (NER).

The said scheme is implemented under the able guidance and leadership of Dr P. K. Ghosh, Director, ICAR-NIBSM and Dr P. Mooventhan, Senior Scientist, Nodal Officer, ICAR NIBSM, coordinating all developmental activities with NEHU for the betterment of the farming community.

In addition, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between ICAR-NIBSM and NEHU under this programme.

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Speaking on the occasion the chief guest, Prof. P. S. Shukla, Vice Chancellor of North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong said he was deeply overwhelmed and cherished the initiative taken by Aminda Ading, Aminda Rangsa, Aminda Simsanggre and Chigitchakgre village and the residents for their decision to rear bees in each and every household.

The Incubation Centre, NEHU Tura Campus will extend all types of support such as capacity building programmes, technical input supports, quality assurance, trade mark and branding and intelligent marketing at domestic and international levels.

Prof PS Shukla also assured that their Incubation Centre NEHU will sign a buyback agreement with appropriate governing bodies to popularise Wild Organic Honey from Meghalaya origin into the international market.

Regarding quality assurance, the Incubation Centre, NEHU Tura Campus has already established a well equipped Advanced Food Testing Laboratory at NEHU Tura Campus and also has full-fledged processing plants which are maintained by the Incubation Centre NEHU Tura Campus.

Additionally, Prof PS Shukla has stated that this Honey Village will able to produce 100 per cent pure wild organic honey roughly 10,000 kg per year through modern scientific methods with green processing, "therefore this honey village will be a role model for the entire nation and enhance the livelihood standard of village people, which will be highly possible to increase the growth rate of Meghalaya from 2 per cent (As per the RBI official information) to some extent".

 

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