The rising demand for honey in the international market has ensured that bee keeping is no longer a profession meant for landless farmers with men and women in white collar jobs also being attracted to it.
In a recently concluded bee keeping training session at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Ferozepur,the trainees included graduates,post graduates,advocates and even a student who had just returned from Australia.
Confirming the trend,Dr Yuvraj Pandha,Assistant professor,plant protection at KVK,Ferozepur said Till last year I used to conduct two training sessions in bee keeping in February and September but now I have to double these sessions. One training session with 25 trainees ended two days back and another one will start in the coming week. Trainees are coming with genuine interest and of the 25,6 have already started keeping bees as well. So they are taking a keen interest.
Among those who had taken part in the training was an advocate from Abohar Prem Kumar,and Amit,who had just returned from Australia after completing a course in horticulture and who wanted some more knowledge in bee keeping.
Three women farmers had also been part of the training program,added Dr Pandha. The assistant professor said the Krishi Vigyan Kendra has introduced processing plants for small farmers. The processing plant will cost around Rs 50,000 and can process about 50 kg of honey Once the farmers start purchasing this processing plant,their profits can be double, Pandha said. The small processing plant will be on display at the Kisan Mela slated to be held in PAU this month.