SHILLONG: With the scenic hill state having a huge potential for flowers and bees, the Union ministry of tribal affairs has approved an amount of Rs 10 crore for setting up the first-ever Integrated Bee Development Centre (IBDC) in the state.
The executive director of National Bee Board, New Delhi, BL Sarswat, on Wednesday met the beekeepers of East Khasi Hills district in the seminar hall of the Directorate of Agriculture here in the presence of KN Kumar, chairman of Meghalaya Farmers' Empowerment Commission, and officers of the state agriculture department.
The purpose of his two-day visit was to study the apiculture scenario in the state and also to technically assist the state agriculture department in moving forward with the establishment of the IBDC.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarswat said, "Meghalaya has a huge potential in beekeeping. However, there is a need to inculcate scientific approach to beekeeping. Along with proper training and management, beekeepers can make immense financial benefit from beekeeping". Underlining the importance of bees in food production and the survival of the human race, Sawrawt urged beekeepers to work with dedication.
Kumar said since the launch of the Apiculture Mission in the state, many interventions have been made in the sector.