Bee-keeping to be taken up in 10 districts in a big way

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At home: A place to thrive for bees.
At home: A place to thrive for bees.

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KVIC to conduct study to ascertain potential

MADURAI: The southern districts of the State could soon get into apiculture in a big way.

A study is to be conducted by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to ascertain the potential for raising honey bees in 10 southern districts coming under its Madurai Division.

“This trade requires little capital; it is not time-consuming and needs almost no land as bee-hives can be kept in a box and put in the window,” Divisional Director of Madurai Region M.T. Wakode told The Hindu here on Friday.

The trade is also not labour intensive. It would suffice if the boxes containing bee-hives were inspected once in 15 days, he said.

Kodaikanal in Dindigul district was likely to possess the requisite flora. If the farmers were ready, the KVIC would provide technical assistance, he said.

This trade also did not pollute the environment and was eco-friendly.

“If bee-keeping is carried out in or near sunflower fields, productivity of the plant is found to increase by 30 per cent. Honey bees can travel up to a radius of 2 km,” said Mr. Wakode, formerly the Deputy Director of Central Bee Research and Training Institute, Pune.

“In countries like Israel, agriculture farmers also take to apiculture, the study and maintenance of honey bees. Besides helping in increasing food productivity, it also provides employment,” Mr. Wakode said.

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