Dehradun, June 25 The Forest Research institute and the Bee Board will work jointly towards promotion of apiculture.
This was decided at a meeting that was held under the chairmanship of Dr VK Bahuguna, Director General, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun.
Dr BL Saraswat, Executive Director, National Bee Board, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi, and Dr Mohmad Yusuf, Head, Forest Entomology Division, Forest Research Institute, represented the Bee Board and the FRI at the meeting.
Dr Saraswat suggested that there was an ample scope for promoting beekeeping in the forestry sector. It was also suggested that there was need for development quality nucleus stock of honeybees. Beekeeping with the joint forest management and a need of collaboration of ICFRE institutes with the National Bee Board was also discussed.
Further programmes on genetic improvement for the wild honeybees for their promotion in forest were also discussed. In the near future, the broad network programmes for the development of quality nucleus stock of honey bees will be implemented by the ICFRE, where different ICFRE institutes, especially Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, and FRI, Dehradun, will be participated.
The programme on beekeeping with the joint forest management will be focused on honey bee culture and honey extraction from the forestry sector. This honey from the forestry sector will be very useful and of high quality because it is free from insecticidal treatments.
The DG, ICFRE, said it would be useful for poverty alleviation and improvement and social upliftment of poor villagers who would participate in the beekeeping and honey culture. For achieving this goal, it was unanimously decided that the FRI and the National Bee Board would work jointly.