Twenty-five tribal honey harvesters were imparted training in scientific methods for honey collection, processing, and value addition at Bangarammapeta village in Kasipatnam gram panchayat of Anantagiri mandal in the district on Monday.
Kovel Foundation, an NGO working in the area to promote sustainable technologies, as part of third phase training programme for the honey harvesters, provided tips on scientific collection and quality extraction of wild bee honey that includes collection, processing, marketing, and regeneration.
The honey harvesters were provided tool kits worth of Rs.18,000 free of cost.
The kits were given to five groups each comprising five harvesters.
They were also given the resource material, identity cards and certificates.
A high-level team of officials comprising Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) managing director Jiji Thomson, regional manager Jagadish, Paderu Sub-Collector Appa Rao, senior ITDA and GCC officials visited the training programme along with Kovel Foundation CEO V. Krishna Rao.
An exhibition on non-timber forest produce (NTFP) displaying potential marketed and non-marketed forest products including medicinal plants and organic agriculture products was organised on the occasion.
As part of the capacity building programmes, Kovel Foundation has been organising trainings for the tribal honey harvesters and gum-pickers on scientific harvest management with the support of TRIFED and GCC as nodal agency.
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