Port Blair, Jan 11: A seven days training on “Scientific Beekeeping” was organized by ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair, sponsored by National Bee Board, Department of Agriculture Cooperation & farmers welfare, Govt. of India.  The programme started on 04th January 2022, benefitting twenty five farmers and farm women.

The major goal of the programme was to promote scientific beekeeping in Andaman & Nicobar Islands in order to boost crop productivity through bee supported pollination, honey production and other beehive products to increase farmers' and beekeepers' income.

During the valedictory function, Dr. Y. Ramakrishna, Principal Scientist and Head urged the farming community to adopt scientific beekeeping to sustain plant biodiversity in natural habitats through enhanced pollination of flowers and increasing agricultural productivity.

Expert from ICAR-KVK, ICAR-CIARI, KVIC & Entrepreneurs imparted knowledge and skills on different topic viz.  scope & status of  beekeeping in international, national and state level, relationship of honeybees and flowering plants, influence of climatic conditions in apiculture, biology of honey bee, criteria for site selection, quality bee hive production & its components, equipment in apiary and its working principle standards, beekeeping in sustainable development of agriculture, bee colony examination: needs & concepts, life stages of bee colonies, types of bees & food storage patterns, role of beekeeping in bio-diversity of  flora and fauna, flowers of Andaman as a source pollen and nectar, importance of bees in coconut orchard and enhancement of field crops, fruits and vegetable crops productivity, scientific management of bee colonies, feeding methods, pollen supplements, management of queen cell, robbing, swarming of bee colonies, environmental protection of bee colonies and food stores, ways to manage honey bee colonies during different seasons,  safe use of agrochemical in beekeeping, disease and enemies of honey bees & their management, women empowerment through apiculture, process of honey extraction, storage and bottling, schemes  & financial support for beekeepers,  value addition of bee products, E-marketing of honey & honey bee products, problems and opportunities of apiculture among the farming community, Health benefits of honey, demonstration on bee box preparation etc. through lectures, practical, demonstrations, exposure visits to the trainees during the seven day training programme under the guidance of Dr. E. B. Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair.