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ICAR-IIHR organizes an awareness programme on Beekeeping and Compost making as part of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan in an adopted village

ICAR-IIHR organizes an awareness programme on Beekeeping and Compost making as part of  Swachch Bharat Abhiyan  in an adopted village

 

ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, as a part of a series of activities undertaken under Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, has organized an awareness programme on Beekeeping and Compost making  using identified microbial cultures in an adopted village, Linganahalli  in the Bengaluru Rural district on May 15, 2017. About eighty farmers including rural women participated in the programme. The programme was chaired by Dr. M. R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR. 

 

A brief introduction about the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan was given by Dr. B. L. Manjunath, Principal Scientist and In-Charge of Institute Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. Dr. A. K. Chakravarthy, Head and Dr. P. V. Rami Reddy, Principal Scientist, Division of Entomology explained about the importance of beekeeping in enhancing productivity of horticultural crops and guidelines to maintain bee colonies. It was stressed that the natural population of honey bees has been dwindling due to several factors like over use of insecticides, loss of natural habitats and monocropping. Hence there is a need to integrate bee colonies in horticultural farms to achieve adequate pollination as well as supplement income of farmers through honey and other by-products. In order to motivate farmers to take up beekeeping, five bee colonies along with saplings of bee flora (Antigonan) were distributed to the farmers of the village.

 

 

Dr. G. Selva Kumar and Dr. T. K. Radha of Division of Soil Science shared detailed methodology of compost making by using kitchen and farm waste.  The microbial consortium developed by the Division of Soil Science, IIHR to hasten up the composting process was demonstrated and formulation packets were distributed to the farmers. Dr. M. R. Dinesh, in his presidential address emphasized the importance of clean environment including soil, water and surroundings and highlighted the role of honey bees in improving the seed and fruit set in various horticultural crops. He also urged farmers to make use of various technologies like Arka microbial formulations developed by the Institute to reduce the requirement of chemical fertilizers so as to achieve optimum yield and income without polluting the environment.

 

 

Dr. Achala Paripoorna, Convenor of the programme proposed the vote of thanks.

 


Updated on 15.05.2017

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