Participants with the officials during the second phase of training on scientific beekeeping for farmers of Kiphire district held at Longmatra Village on March 22. (Photo Courtesy: AICRP (HB&P)
Kiphire, March 23 (MExN): The second phase of training on scientific beekeeping for farmers of Kiphire district was accomplished at Longmatra Village on March 22.
The trainings were conducted by All India Coordinated Research Project on Honey bees and Pollinators (AICRP) (HB&P), School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development, Medziphema, Nagaland University (SASRD, NU), in collaboration with Nagaland Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) where local beekeepers were imparted scientific knowledge together with practical sessions in chosen circles.
In the training for Longmatra circle, 40 beekeepers participated from eight villages where AICRP (HB&P) and NBHM officials were the resource persons.
Addressing the trainees as special guest, Bendangmoa, Team Member, NBHM stressed on the many profits of beekeeping both as a hobby and profession. He remarked that farmers should not rely on the government for financial support, etc but begin beekeeping in a rather modest manner with dedication.
In the technical sessions, NBHM officials delineated on challenges and scope of beekeepers as also the basic concepts to start beekeeping. Deventhong, TM, NBHM, dwelt on ways and means to start beekeeping and also, expertise on scientific beekeeping.
Dr. Avinash Chauhan, Scientist, AICRP (HB&P), lectured on the topic ‘Pest & of diseases of honey bee and their management’ where he further affirmed the presence of very less bee diseases in Nagaland unless for pest like ants, lizards, hornets etc. which can be managed with lesser effort by local beekeepers.
Otto S. Awomi, Professional, AICRP (Neonicotinoids), emphasised on the important role of bees in pollination. He stated the fact that bees play vital role in pollination whereby they collect food and nectar for themselves but more importantly, pollinate fruit trees and food crops which ultimately leads to more crop yield.
The training programme was chaired by Ngukho, Bee Professional, AICRP(HB&P), while Pastor, Ngoro Village Baptist Church invoked God’s blessings and Mutsotang, Head DB shared on experiences and difficulties of a local beekeeper.