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Farmers take fancy to bee keeping,courtesy Bt cotton

The increased area under Bt cotton cultivation has benefited the farmers engaged in bee keeping.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ferozepur |
February 21, 2011 4:25:28 am

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The increased area under Bt cotton cultivation has benefited the farmers engaged in bee keeping. This was the feedback during the 15-day vocational training course on bee keeping that concluded on February 17 at Malwal Qadim village in Ferozepur. The course had been organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK).

“Bt cotton has not only given good price of the crop to the farmers,but has also also reduced the input cost with reduced number of sprays. I have been doing the extension work in cotton belt for the last 10 years and have seen more than 20 sprays used by farmers on non-Bt crops to protect them from ball worm. But now not more than four sprays are needed in a Bt crop. This has attracted the honey bee to collect nectar from the cotton flora and hence farmers are attracted to bee keeping,” said Dr Yuvraj Pandha,assistant professor (plant protection),KVK.

He added: “We imparted training to 30 candidates,including farmers,farm women and unemployed youth belonging to Ferozepur,Faridkot and Tarn Taran. With area under Bt cotton increasing every year,stationary bee keeping has increased a lot.”

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Looking at the response,a two-day National Bee Keeping Festival is being organised at Punjab Agricultural University,Ludhiana,for the first time from Feb 22-24 where bee keepers from across the country will come to know about the latest trends.

Experts also talked about the subsidies available for this business under the National Horticulture Scheme so that the unemployed youth or small farmers can avail them.

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