Itagar, April 3: Aruchal Pradesh is a sleeping giant of honey production as 82 per cent of its forest is covered with flowering plants from where the honey bees collect nectar and pollen.
The State, thus, has a vast scope for organic multi-floral honey production that has a very high demand in the intertiol market.
The above observations were made by the representatives of the tiol Bee Board (NBB), the highest body that looks after the affairs of Apiculture in the country, during the recently held scientific beekeeping training in Papumpare and Changlang districts from March 17 to 29 last.
The training programme, funded under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), imparted scientific beekeeping knowledge, demonstrated honey harvesting and byproducts like Royal jelly, Propolisk Wax, Apitherapy, Bee Venom collection, techniques on pollen traps, queen bee rearing and migration of colonies for higher honey production per hives. Besides, seasol magement of bee hives and colonies were also elaborately taught to the trainees during the training programme.
President of Sahara Gramudhyog Sansthan and life member of NBB Yogendra Punia and senior trainer Sudhakar Singh trained the bee farmers.
Altogether 50 progressive bee farmers of Sagalee and Langpher gram panchayats were trained in two batches. Bee farmers of Bordumsa and Jairampur administrative circles were also trained in two batches.
Attending the iugural session of the training, Bordumsa Zila Parisahd M Tongku Singhpo and Anchal chairperson Sindulong Singhpo lauded the NBB and ABHM for conducting such training programmes and suggested the farmers to take maximum benefit from it.