Meghalaya is all set to have Northeast’s first honey bee integrated development centre. This decision was made by the National Bee Board after taking into account the popularity of local honey in Europe and certain South Asian countries. The disclosure was made on Tuesday, during an interactive programme held in Shillong, where the Director of National Bee Board, Dr BL Sarawat, was present. An amount of Rs 10 crore has been earmarked for the centre.
Director Sarawat emphasized on the importance and potential of beekeeping by the state of Meghalaya during the interaction with beekeepers of East Khasi Hills district at the Directorate of Agriculture’s Seminar Hall. Sarawat stressed the need to inculcate scientific approach by beekeepers of the state.
The chairman of the Meghalaya Farmers’ Empowerment Commission, K N Kumar and officers of the agriculture department were also present. Kumar informed that since the launch of the Apiculture Mission in the State, many interventions have been made in the sector.
‘Till date, over 7000 beekeepers have been trained, and owing to the superior quality of the Meghalaya honey, there is a huge demand from markets aboard,’ he said. Revealing that Meghalaya will be the first state in the Northeast to have an Integrated Bee Development Centre (IBDC), Kumar added the department is ready to establish the centre, once the technical clearance is granted.
The purpose of Sarawat’s two-day visit to the State was to study the apiculture scenario in the State and also to technically assist the agriculture department in moving forward with the establishment of the IBDC in the State.