‘Beekeeping, a profitable honey production activity’

RAWALPIDI:

A three-day training workshop on queen rearing and modern beekeeping was organized by the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on Sunday.

Workshop experts said, “Beekeeping is a profitable business and production can only be increased by taking strict measures to control deforestation and the use of pesticides in agriculture. They said, “The government should help beekeepers by improving the industry in the value chain and giving them access to domestic and foreign markets.

The workshop was organized by the PMAS-AAUR entomology department as part of the Billion Tree Honey initiative. The goal is to raise awareness of value-added bee products and provide excellent guidance for starting beekeeping as a hobby and a profitable business. Vice Chancellor of PMAS-AAUR Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman was the main guest while more than 30 attendees including professional beekeepers, people interested in starting beekeeping, students and researchers of R&D organisations, attended the workshop.

Participants received hands-on training in queen rearing, post-harvest loss reduction, colony management, honey extraction techniques, nutrition, pests and diseases, and pollination of entomophilous crops.

Dr. Qamar uz Zaman, while stressing the importance of bee flora and fauna, said, “Beekeeping should be promoted in the country and the workshop is an excellent orientation for those starting beekeeping. as a profitable business. He appreciated the efforts of the Department of Entomology in organizing this workshop and wished that the Department continue its efforts in the future by organizing this type of training sessions.

He said, “Technical expertise and hands-on training are needed for beekeeping. The faculty of the University is to begin teaching, training and research work on the breeding and management of bees for the production of honey and other by-products in order to earn foreign exchange through export of beekeeping products.

Speakers also explained the challenges of diseases and mites faced by beekeeping and how to manage them.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5and2022.

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