SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Sundep Kumar Nayak Tuesday convened an interactive meeting of growers and officers to review Apiculture Development Scheme at Agriculture Complex, Lal Mandi, read an official statement issued here.
The joint interactive meeting was attended by entrepreneurs, bee-keepers and officers of the department. Among the officers, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Director Law Enforcement, Director Finance APD, MD Agro Industries Development Corporation, concerned Joint Directors, Chief Agriculture Officers, Apiculture Development Officers and Apiculture Development Assistants attended the meeting.
Nayak while interacting with the bee-keepers and entrepreneurs sought suggestions for making the apiculture industry profitable and emphasized upon officers to “devise programmes in order to give boost to the apiculture sector”.
“Apiculture sector is among the priorities of Chief Minister’s intervention projects and Kupwara district has been taken as model district under apiculture sector,” read the statement.
The department is providing training and awareness to the farmers interested in bee-keeping and the department provides assistance of Rs. 20,000 per unit of ten colonies to the farmers under RKVY scheme, maintained the statement.
“The department is having about 45000 colonies with an annual production of about 4300 quintals of honey in Kashmir Division,” it further noted.
The beekeepers and entrepreneurs requested the chair for creating better marketing facilities, Bee Colony Multiplication centres and supply of medicines to control the disease through the department.
MD Agro Industries assured the entrepreneurs that the department would facilitate marketing of honey by procurement on commercial prices.