To promote beekeeping in the State, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday launched the Haryana Bee Keeping Policy-2021 and action plan 2021-2030.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister directed the officers to aim to enhance the production of honey by 10 times by 2030. He also directed officers to motivate the farmers to start bee keeping and get 5000 new farmers to take up the initiative for which the State will provide help.
He said that with the farmers involved in beekeeping, they will be encouraged to sow alternative crops like sunflower and mustard. The sale of honey and its by-products like Royal Jelly, Beewax, Propolis, Bee Pollen and Bee Venom will enhance the income of the farmers many times over, he said.
Khattar also directed the officers to ensure focus on small farmers to help increase their income through beekeeping.
He said that private entrepreneurs should be encouraged to start businesses for manufacturing bee boxes and the department to monitor the quality of the boxes.
Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Sumita Mishra said that if we focus on by-products of beekeeping there will be significant growth in the income of farmers. She also informed that Integrated Bee Development Centre (IBDC), Ramnagar, Kurukshetra is the one-of-a-kind institute and the government aims to make it a centre of excellence.