The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has created a world record of distributing maximum number of bee-boxes in one day under ‘Honey Mission’.
Speaking on the occasion, KVIC Chairman,Vinai Kumar Saxena, said that the ‘Honey Mission’ is aimed to fulfill the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for a sweet Kranti.
The Chairman further added that KVIC is the nodal agency of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) under which loans will be provided for setting up units of processing, bottling, packaging and labelling units for the honey.
• The record was achieved by the KVIC in the Zangalee Army area at Kupwara, in Kashmir.
• The programme was held in association with the Indian Army under its Sadbhawna programme, in order to establish peace and harmony in the valley.
• The Indian Army helped in providing training and also provided 10 percent finance for setting up of the apiaries, thereby providing the beneficiaries a platform for earning a livelihood.
• Overall, 2330 bee-boxes were distributed among 233 beneficiaries in the Zangalee Army area.
With the achievement, KVIC was able to beat its previous best of 1000 bee boxes distributed in Kaziranga forest area among the Mishing tribe on the occasion of World Honey Bee Day.
Such KVIC programmes could help generate jobs in the valley.
The KVIC made an action plan named ‘Honey Mission’ with a target of distributing 1.3 lakh bee-boxes across the country before November 2018.
So far, 27,000 bee-boxes have been distributed.
• An apiary is a location where beehives of honey bees are kept. Many types of hives exist and make up apiaries.
• The structure of an apiary may vary depending upon the location and needs of the individual operation.
• Apiaries are usually situated on high ground in order to avoid moisture collection, though within proximity of a consistent water source, whether natural or man-made, to ensure the bees' access.
• They are often situated close to orchards, farms, and public gardens, which require frequent pollination to develop a positive feedback loop between the bees and their food sources.
• This also economises on the bees' pollination and the plants' supply of nectar.
• An apiary may have hive management objectives other than honey production, including queen rearing and mating.