Himachal boosts production of honey
13/10/02 - Outlook india - http://www.outlookindia.com/
Himachal Pradesh government has intoduced imported honey bee as pollinating agent to boost the production of honey, which has been promoted as a major cottage industry.
The production of honey increased from 12 tonne in 1971 to 655 tonne in 2001-02 after introduction of European honey bee (Apis Mellifera and Apis Indica), an official statement said here.
Various types of honey like plectrunthus, eucalyptus, litchi, sunflower and mustard honey were being produced by the Himachal farmers.
The state government has set up 49 departmental bee-keeping stores (apiaries) and the number of bee colonies had multiplied from 580 to 25,778 during past three decades.
Besides the departmental beekeeping stations, the state horticulture department also established to agro-marketing and grading labortories at Hatkoti in Shimla district and Chetru in Kangra district.
The state agro-industries corporation has established a honey processing plant at Kandrori in Kangra district with capicity of 120 mt which had immensely helped the producers in getting remunerative prices.
Necesssary inputs like beehives, comb foundation sheets and other equipment were being provided to scheduled castes and scheduled tribe farmers at 50 per subsidy and to marginal farmers at 33 per cent subsidy. An expenditure of Rs 70.25 lakh had been incurred on it during past four years.
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