KUPWARA : Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Kupwara organized a Seminar under the title “Transformation of Bee Keeping”, here at Town Hall Kupwara today. Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) Kupwara, Altaf Ahmad Khan was chief guest on the occasion while as, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal was guest of honour.
Chief Agriculture Officer Kupwara, Gurdeep Singh; District Agriculture Officer, Mukhtar Ahmad Karnai; Head KVK Kupwara, Dr. Kaiser Mohiddin, Resource Persons, besides, Field Functionaries and a large number of bee keepers attended the Seminar.
Speaking at the occasion, the ADDC said that district Kupwara has been endowed with the huge natural resources like forests which offer an ample scope for agriculture, allied activities especially Beekeeping. He asked the farmers to take maximum benefit under the programme by getting training and awareness of different Government schemes to establish their income generating units under Apiculture sector.
Director Agriculture Kashmir welcomed the farmer participants for taking part in the Seminar despite the ongoing cropping season. He asked the Officers and Resource Persons to guide the farmers in local language so that they could easily understand the procedure and technicalities involved in the process of bee keeping. He said that there are numerous success stories on ground regarding Apiculture development in the valley which needs to be shared with the aspiring bee keepers which will help them in developing their bee colonies on commercial lines.
On the occasion, Chief Agriculture Officer Kupwara informed that the Seminar which will last for 2 days is aimed at to develop the Apiculture Sector in the district on commercial scale by involving educated unemployed youth to generate their livelihood. He also highlighted the progress and achievements of the department under the Apiculture Sector in the district.
KVK Head Kupwara also spoke and highlighted the importance of Beekeeping for income generation and other health benefits. He assured the farmers for every possible support from the KVK in establishing their Bee colonies smoothly.
On the occasion, a Souvenir about Transformation of Beekeeping in District Kupwara was also released.
During the Seminar, the Resource Persons provided awareness to the Bee Keepers regarding the potential of bee keeping in Kupwara district, besides, highlighting different Government schemes for handholding of the aspiring bee keepers. The participants were also familiarized about getting registered on Madhukranti Portal and National Beekeeping and Honey Mission.
Meanwhile, the participants expressed gratitude towards the Agriculture Department Kupwara for holding the awareness programme for them.