KVIC distributes 2330 bee-boxes at Kupwara
KUPWARA: Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta on Tuesday said that apiary (beekeeping) sector has the potential to generate huge employment avenues for the youth of the state and the government has imitated various steps in this regard to provide requisite fillip to the sector.
The deputy chief minister made these remarks while addressing a function organised by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) here.
Gupta, said that the KVIC’s programmes could generate thousands of jobs in the valley, through ‘Make in India’ mission.
“This Honey Mission of KVIC will certainly script a new chapter of development in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
During the function, KVIC distributed 2330 bee-boxes in a single day, beating its previous best of 1000 bee-boxes, among 233 beneficiaries in association with Army’s Sadbhawna Programme in Kaziranga forest area among Mishing tribe.
The initiative was taken under the guidance of KVIC member north zone, Hina Shafi Bhat.
Legislators Bashir Ahmad Dar, Yawar Dilawar Mir, GOC Vajra Division Kupwara Major General C B Ponappa, DDC Kupwara and other concerned officers and large number beekeepers were present on the occasion.
KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena in his address said that KVIC’s ‘Honey Mission’ is aimed to fulfill the call of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘Sweet Revolution’.
The KVIC made an action plan named ‘Honey Mission’ – with a target to distribute 1.3 lakh bee-boxes before November 2018 across the India – “so far 27,000 bee-boxes have already been distributed”, he added.
“As KVIC is also the nodal agency of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), we will provide loans for setting up units of processing, bottling, packaging and labeling units for the honey,” Saxena said.
KVIC Member Hina Bhat said that the programme was aimed to provide jobs to the unemployed youths at their doorsteps.
The deputy chief minister also distributed certificates to trained bee-keepers.