The Kashmir Department of Agriculture today organized a series of events to commemorate ‘World Bee Day’ across Jammu and Kashmir with a division-level mega function held at the Agricultural Complex, Lalmandi , Srinagar.The celebration began with a virtual message from the Additional Chief Secretary, AP&FWD, Atal Dulloo appreciating the dedication and hard work of beekeepers, beekeepers, technical experts and other stakeholders for the development of this vital sector. He said the region offers huge opportunities for the development of beekeeping as a vibrant agricultural cottage industry and additional means of income for the financial security of the farming community.
Speaking at the technical session, the Director of Agriculture of Kashmir who is also the National Bee Keeping Honey Mission (NBHM) Nodal Officer for Jammu and Kashmir, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal said that the program aims to promote and popularize beekeeping in the region. Fittingly, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 20 as World Bee Day to raise awareness of the role of bees and other pollinators in the health of people and the planet.
Technical sessions on production technology, research, scientific beekeeping, marketing challenges and solutions were also held during the event. In addition, various stands were set up by beekeepers, processors and other players in the sector. In addition to beekeepers, processors, other players in the sector, Co-Director Agriculture Extension, Mr. Syed Peer, Co-Director of Marketing, Mr. Qasim Ghani, co-director of beekeeping and mushrooms, Tabasum Naaz, co-director of farms, Iqbal Singh, deputy director of planning, Mr. Younis Chowdhary, Director Rakhs, Madan Gopal Singh, officers from the Entomology Section as well as other senior officers participated in the event.