SRINAGAR: Department of Zoology, Baba Gulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) Rajouri on Monday organized one-day workshop on “Apiculture as an Entrepreneurship development idea” at varsity’s main campus.
According to a statement issued here, the workshop was sponsored by National Mission on Himalayan Studies, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change New Delhi.
Vice Chancellor Prof Javed Musarrat on the occasion stressed upon engaging local communities in the research and development activities for greater benefits of the society as a whole.
Dean Academic Affairs Prof Iqbal Parwez on the occasion highlighted various initiatives of the varsity for community development through various extension programs. He congratulated the department of Zoology for taking a lead in bringing academia, community and industry together for greater awareness and economic prosperity of the local communities. He said that there is great scope of Apiculture in District Rajouri and invited the local entrepreneurs to benefit from the state of art facilities of the Apicentre of BGSBU.
Prof Iqbal said that the university is committed towards socio economic empowerment of the local communities.
Registrar Dr Ashfaq Ahmad Zarri said that beekeeping has positive ecological consequences. “Bees play an important role in the pollination of many flowering plants, thus increasing the yield of certain crops such as sunflower and various fruits,” he said.
Dr Zarri said that there is a need for promoting the local honey at national and international levels.
Earlier, Dr Sajad H Parey, the workshop coordinator discussed about the workshop and briefed the participants about the importance of honey bees in sustenance of the biodiversity in the region.
Head department of Zoology Dr A A Shah welcomed the guests and discussed the role of faculty members of the department in promoting research in the region.
The workshop was attended by the students of different departments, deans of different schools, faculty members of different departments and farmers of different villages of district Rajouri who showed interest in starting the Apiculture as a small skill development unit.