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Bee-keepers chosen for training at research institute in Pune

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R. Sairam

MADURAI: Six persons have been chosen from southern Tamil Nadu to undergo training in honey bee rearing at the prestigious Central Bee Research and Training Institute (CBRTI), Pune.

The training is being sponsored by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission’s (KVIC) Madurai division that covers 10 southern districts.

“The members can learn about the latest advancements in apiculture (bee-keeping) from this institute, which is one of a kind in Asia,” Divisional Director of Madurai region M. T. Wakode told The Hindu here on Sunday.

The institute boasts of a library with a collection of over 3,000 books exclusively on bee-keeping, added Mr. Wakode who was a former Deputy Director of the institute.

Mahabaleshwar visit

The team would also be visiting Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra and famous for honey collecting. The team will also be imparted training in breeding and multiplication, selling colony and other related things at State Bee-keeping Extension Centre in Mahabaleshwar.

The members chosen were found to be among the most progressive bee-keepers in the 10 southern districts and they could replicate the techniques they learn. They would reach the institute on November 30, he said, and added that the team would learn advanced techniques of collecting royal jelly, wax and cross pollination in the five-day training.

The team would be led by a KVIC staff member– K. Kannan, Supervisor (bee-keeping).

The members chosen are C. Jayakumar and A. Arivumani from Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar district, A. Muthu who is working in the State-owned Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited, Karur, Josphin from Madurai, M. Jeyalakshmi from Sivaganga and M. Mohan from Kuzhithurai in Kanyakumari district.

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