The College of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bengaluru, will provide a distance learning route in beekeeping, in response to DL Savithramma, Dean (Agriculture) of the College of Agricultural Sciences of UAS.
Talking on the inauguration of a webinar on ‘beekeeping’, organised by UAS-B, on Tuesday, she said UAS-B became a pioneer in starting a division completely for apiculture in 1997-98. This division has produced more than 70 postgraduates in apiculture till now. From 2020-21, UAS will seemingly be offering one-year distance learning route on beekeeping, she said.
Stressing the must lengthen apiculture speak in the country, Savithramma said the country has only 12 lakh bee colonies as in opposition to the requirement of more than 150 lakh colonies. Virtually 50 lakh ha below a host of plant life relies on honey bees for pollination; ,spherical 30 per cent of food plant life and 80 per cent of fruit, vegetable and forest manufacture depend upon honey bees for pollination, she said.
In India, spherical 2.5 lakh farmers who’re into apiculture manufacture spherical 61,000 tonnes of honey a year. Nonetheless, China produces spherical 4.6 lakh tonnes of honey a year. The set apart below apiculture must be elevated, she said.
S Rajendra Prasad, Vice-Chancellor of UAS-B, said that some plant life fill particular medicinal mark. Efforts are on to focal level on apiculture activities in areas where such plant life are located. Evaluate is on on this regard, he said.
Urging farmers to absorb beekeeping activities, he said this could lend a hand pork up their earnings to a large extent.
YG Shadakshari, Director (Evaluate) of UAS-B, said apiculture is phase of an integrated farming gadget. Pollination by bees helps lift cut yield, he said.