PUNE: To create awareness about the importance of honeybees in the ecological cycle, the Maharashtra State Khadi and Village Industries Board (MSKVIB) is starting ‘Friends of Honeybee’ initiative. This was announced by Vishal Chordia, Chairman of MSKVIB in Pune while inaugurating the special honeybee festival organised on the World Honeybee Day on Monday.
“Calling the pest control agencies for the removal of the beehive is a common practice in urban areas. Rather than going for such a harmful step for bees, we are exploring the possibility of the proper scientific removal of the bee hive without killing the bees and then rehabilitating it for better use under the friend of honeybee initiative,” said Chordia.
“Under this drive, an attempt was made to create ‘Friends of Honeybee’ in important cities of the state. These Friends of Honeybees will have proper training for the scientific removal of the beehives and shall be accessible through a centralised helpline number. This will be an important step towards bee conversation,” he added.
During the festival, information about beekeeping, business opportunities related to honey, equipment required and the government schemes available in this segment was discussed. Initiatives like special information counters which will help the consumer to check the purity of the honey, showcasing certain documentaries on the subject and providing detailed information about the importance of beekeeping and honey business for agriculture and environment were also undertaken.
Chordia announced that his department has proposed a first-of-its-kind ‘Honey Park’ at Mahabaleshwar in two acres of land which is in possession of the board. According to him, this ‘Honey Park’ will help as a tourist destination and as an awareness centre with many attractions for kids and adults.