Kothagudem: District Collector Durishetty Anudeep has called upon the farmers in the district to take up apiculture to earn good profits.
The Collector inaugurated a seven-day apiculture training programme at horticulture nursery at Garimellapadu near Kothagudem on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, he said apiculture could be a self-employment route for youth, tribals and women as honey has good demand in the market.
Anudeep advised the farmers to adopt modern and scientific methods to increase production as well as to maintain quality of the produce. Because of the increasing health awareness people were consuming honey and thus there has been a surge in the demand for the produce.
He wanted those who were taking part in the training programme to acquire required skills to become master trainers to train those interested to take up apiculture in rural areas. The State government has been offering subsidies and loans to promote rearing of honeybees.
Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University’s associate director of research Dr R Uma Reddy informed that beekeeping in addition to producing honey would promote pollination of agriculture and horticulture crops and thus ensure increase in yield and quality.
Krishi Vignan Kendra (KVK), Kothagudem, programme coordinator, Dr. Lakshmi Narayanamma said that apiculturists could make money from by products such as bee wax, propolis, royal jelly and bee-venom, which has also have demand in the market.
Lead bank manager K Srinivas informed the trainees about the subsidies being offered by Khadi Board and Industries Department for beekeepers. As many as 25 persons were undergoing training. A live demo on beehives was made by members of an NGO, Girijana Vikasa.
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