first_imgAt a time when there is an active demonstration abroad for saving the Honey-bees for maintaining ecological balance, back home in India, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has distributed more than one lakh bee-boxes among the farmers and unemployed youths across the nation in less than two years.Following the clarion call of ‘Sweet Revolution’ given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the KVIC launched a programme named ‘Honey Mission’ in August 2017 from Rashtrapati Bhawan. Also Read – The Puja carnivalAfter that, the KVIC started identifying the farmers and unemployed youths across the nation, and right from dense forest areas of Assam to tribal belt of Narmada Valley and from hilly valley Jammu and Kashmir to Gangetic plains of Varanasi, it left no breadth and length of the nation in distributing bee-boxes with live bee-colonies. During this process, KVIC made and broke many new World records. First, on May 21, 2018, on World Honey Bee Day, KVIC made a World Record of distributing a maximum number of bee-boxes in a single day by distributing 1,000 bee-boxes among 100 Mishing Asamese tribe in the Kaziranga forest area. Then, on June 12, KVIC recorded a new World Record of distributing a maximum number of bee-boxes, i.e. 2330 bee-boxes in a single day at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir among 233 beneficiaries, in association with Indian Army’s Sadbhawna Programme. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that following the Prime Minister’s call of ‘Sweet Revolution’, the KVIC immediately made an action plan on this line named ‘Honey Mission’. “We have so far distributed 1,01,000 bee-boxes, across the country, which had happened for the very first time in India. We have not only distributed bee-boxes, rather under ‘Honey Mission’, we have also created more than 10,000 new employment, besides creating around 25,000 additional man-days through the fabrication of bee boxes and Honey Extractors,” he said, adding, “The KVIC has also provided the bee-keepers practical training about examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipment, identification, and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, and management of bee colonies in all seasons. It may be noted that through ‘Honey Mission’, so far 246 metric tonnes of honey has been extracted through these bee-boxes only, valuing over Rs 4 crore. Besides, if the farmers are to be believed their crops’ yield has increased up to 30 percent after the ‘Honey Mission’.last_img

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