Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said that five state-of-the-art honey testing laboratories will be established in the country for quality honey exports.
Mr Tomar inaugurated the ‘World Class State of Art Honey Testing Laboratory,’ established by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in Anand (Gujarat), with support of National Bee Board (NBB), through video-conference.
On this occasion, the Union Minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and described the Prime Minister’s vision of bring sweet revolution in the country by encouraging large number of farmers to produce and market Honey and earn more profit in agriculture.
Mr Tomar said the Government is committed towards increasing the income of farmers and the Bee-keeping enterprise has to play a major role in supplementing the income of farmers.
He further informed that the Ministry has taken up several activities to promote bee keeping under the ‘Mission on Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)’ and the ‘National Mission for Beekeeping,’ being implemented through the National Bee Board and the States.
Mr Tomar stressed on the need to focus on imparting training on scientific bee-keeping and production of high value honey and honey-bee products and creating awareness among farmers, bee-keepers and land less laborers about the scope and potential of bee-keeping enterprise as
an additional source of income to them.
He said the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare has approved the National Bee Keeping and Honey Mission (NBHM) for a period of two years.
In view of the vision of the Prime Minister for development of Gaon, Garib and Kisan, the bee-keeping enterprise would bring change in the livelihood of farmers and rural poor, leading to sustainable agriculture development.
The Union Agriculture Minister complimented the National Dairying Development Board, National Bee Board, Khadi & Village Industries Corporation, policy makers, farmers & bee-keepers for their significant contribution and continued support in this endeavour.
The Agriculture Minister further emphasized on increasing bee colonies, honey bee production, processing, marketing and export, which would significantly contribute in GDP and boost the rural economy.