Kulgam : The Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Kulgam on Monday organized a Seminar cum Awareness programme on ‘Transformation of Bee Keeping’, under National Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM) at new conference hall of mini-secretariat Kulgam.
This programme was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kulgam Dr.Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat and was attended by Additional District Development Commissioner, Showkat Ahmad Rather; Joint Director Agriculture Extension Kashmir, G M Dobi, Joint Director Agriculture Inputs Kashmir Tabsum Naz, Chief Agriculture Officer Kulgam and other officers besides farmers, beekeepers and unemployed youth.
Addressing the occasion, the DC stressed upon the concerned authorities to extend their range of operation and involve more farmers especially the unemployed youth under various welfare programmes sponsored by the department so that they can avail benefits for their sustainable livelihood.
He emphasized to disseminate awareness among the people about various new and scientific beekeeping cultivation methods so that production and productivity is leveraged.
He also urged the concerned to ensure handholding of farmers not only in increasing the production but to work on marketing aspect to fetch best prices of their products
Speaking on the occasion, the ADDC asked the farmers to take maximum benefit under the programme by getting training and awareness of different Government schemes to establish their income generating units under the Apiculture sector.
During the Seminar, the Resource Persons provided awareness to the beekeepers regarding the potential of bee keeping in Kulgam district, besides they also highlighted different Government schemes for handholding of the aspiring beekeepers.