Shri Narayan Rane, Minister MSME Participated through video conferencing
Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, MoS MSME appreciated working of CBRTI Pune
World Honey Bee Day is the festival for the reassurance of the beekeepers of the country in the line self-reliance and saving bees which are essential for human life says Chairman KVIC
Fulfilling the vision of Mahatma Gandhi Prime Minister has emphasized on the importance of beekeeping and said: “श्वेत क्रांति के साथ स्वीट क्रांति की भी जरूरत है” taking ahead his call , KVIC has taken beekeeping on mission mode to help beekeepers and farmers.
While celebrating May 20 as World Bee Day to create awareness about the significant role of bees and other pollinators in keeping people healthy and solving various challenges, The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) celebrated its Diamond Jubilee on World Bee Day by organizing various programmes related to bee conservation and honey processing at the KVIC’s Central Bee Research and Training Institute (CBRTl), Pune. It included inauguration of honey parlour and exhibition, distribution of tool, release of souvenir, release of short film on Journey of CBRTI and award to scientists, beekeepers and employees of the Commission for doing excellent work in the field of beekeeping.
Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Narayan Rane digitally kicked off the event by virtually distribution of 800 bee boxes to beekeepers. Addressing the participants present on this occasion he shared that this year 133200 metric tonnes honey is produced and sales of honey reached Rs.30000 crores. Margin money subsidy of about Rs 300 crore (Rs 299.97) disbursed under the PMEGP Scheme.
On this occasion, Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma said that MSME is contributing one third of the total GDP and making 48% contribution in total export. He also said that with this per capita income of people has increased from 8500 to 1.95 lakhs.
Addressing the programme, Minister of state for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises while applauding Central Bee Research and Training Institute Pune on the occasion of Diamond Jubilee said that the institute has come a long way in providing economic self-reliance and bee along with rearing and honey production.
He also releases a souvenir published by Central Bee Research and Training Institute, Pune and scientists, honoured beekeepers and employees of the Commission for doing excellent work in the field of beekeeping.
Earlier, Chairman KVIC, Shri Manoj Kumar opined that Khadi and Village Industries Commission is celebrating the festival for the reassurance of the beekeepers of the country in the line self-reliance and saving bees which are essential for human life. He said that in the month of August 2017, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave a call “श्वेत क्रान्ति के साथ स्वीट क्रांति की भी जरूरत है”(there is a need for a sweet revolution along with the white revolution), inspired by this, KVIC took up the initiative to push up this traditional beekeeping industry. To generate employment opportunities, Honey Mission has been developed and during the year 2017-18 since inception of ‘Honey Mission’ has distributed more than 1,86,000 bee boxes and provided 18,600 direct employments. This has increased in yield of agricultural production from 25 to 40%. He also announced of increase in 35% income of the khadi artisan making it to 150% increase in their income. He also reiterated Margin money subsidy of about Rs 300 crore (Rs 299.97) disbursed to 819 beneficiaries. Under which about 948 (947.60) crore rupees have been approved as loan. With this, about 54,552 i.e. about 55 thousand unemployed will get employment. More than 50,000 people have been trained in beekeeping by CBRTI, he said .
Chairman,KVIC said that this scheme is a comprehensive initiative to make the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s “Local to Global” campaign a success. It aims to promote the production of high-quality honey that meets international standards and boost income of the artisans of the sector.
Other senior officers of KVIC were also participated in the programme.
Source : https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1925904