“Sweet Revolution and Atmanirbhar Bharat“
Source | Press Information Bureau
GS Paper II: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
Context: A webinar had been organised by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) on the theme “Sweet Revolution and Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
Key Details about the Webinar titled “Sweet Revolution and Atmanirbhar Bharat”
The webinar was conducted by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) on the theme “Sweet Revolution and Atma Nirbhar Bharat” in partnership with the National Bee Board, the Government of West Bengal, the Government of Uttarakhand and the Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Kashmir.
The objective was to popularize scientific beekeeping as source of livelihood for landless rural poor, small and marginal famers to supplement agricultural income, as also as tool to enhance agriculture and horticulture production.
It attracted participation of beekeepers, honey processors, marketing and branding professionals, research scholars, academicians, cooperators from major honey producing states, representatives of State and Union Governments, international organizations such as FAO and NEDAC, Bangkok.
- Issues before beekeepers such as promotion of scientific beekeeping, quality assurance, minimum support price, transport of bee colonies, processing, packaging, branding, testing, organic certification of honey and different beehive products were discussed.
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What you need to know about National Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM)?
A new Central Sector Scheme “National Beekeeping and Honey Mission (NBHM)” for overall promotion & development of scientific beekeeping and production of quality honey & other beehive products was approved by the Govt. of India keeping in mind the vision of “Sweet Revolution.”
- The scheme will be implemented through National Bee Board as a Central Sector Scheme (100% funded by Central Govt.).
- The NBHM will have following sub-schemes/ three Mini Missions:
- Mini Mission-I: Under this Mission, thrust will be given on production & productivity improvement of various crops through pollination assisted by adoption of scientific beekeeping;
- Mini Mission-II: This Mission will concentrate on post harvest management of beekeeping/ beehive products including collection, processing, storage, marketing, value addition, etc. with a thrust to develop requisite infrastructural facilities for these activities; and
- Mini Mission-III: This Mission will concentrate on Research & Technology generation for different Regions/ States/ Agro-Climatic and Socio-Economic conditions.
- The National Bee Board under the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, will be a National Level Nodal Agency for overall holistic development and promotion of beekeeping sector at National level under NBHM for implementation of activities.
- National Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM) will be implemented through National Bee Board (NBB) as a Central Sector (100% funded by Central Government) component under the existing vertical “Mission on Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH)”, as a part of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme “Green Revolution”.
About National Bee Board
The Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India launched a Central Sector Scheme titled ‘Development of Beekeeping for Improving Crop Productivity’ during the VIII plan (1994-95).
- The scheme had various components covering R&D, production & distribution of honey bee colonies, organizing trainings and awareness programmes and support for setting up honey processing plant, etc.
- A Beekeeping Development Board also functioned under the Chairpersonship of Secretary (A & C) to coordinate the Beekeeping activities.
The Scheme was approved for continuation during the IX Plan. However, the scheme got subsumed under the Macro Management Scheme, with effect from October, 2000.
The Department facilitated efforts by providing seed money through Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) for enabling the private sector to join hands in forming the National Bee Board as a Registered Society under Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860 on 19th July, 2000 & promoted by the Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC).
- In May 2005, Beekeeping has been included as a supplemental activity under National Horticulture Mission (NHM) for promoting cross pollination of Horticultural Crops.
In view of the tremendous scope for increasing productivity due to cross pollination and increase in income through Apiculture, it was proposed to revive Beekeeping activity in the country. Accordingly, the National Bee Board (NBB) was reconstituted in June, 2006.
- The main objective of the National Bee Board (NBB) is overall development of Beekeeping by promoting Scientific Beekeeping in India to increase the productivity of crops through pollination and increase the Honey production for increasing the income of the Beekeepers/ Farmers.
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