In order to create employment at the local level, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is running “Honey Mission” across the country. Taking further the programme, Manoj Kumar, Chairman, KVIC provided livelihood opportunities to unemployed youth by distributing 100 bee boxes to 10 beneficiaries in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district, 200 to 20 beneficiaries in Chhattisgarh’s Badekilepal, Turangur and Bastar districts and 300 bee boxes to 30 beneficiaries in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra through video conferencing.
Khadi and Village Industries Commission has identified backward and tribal-dominated districts and distributed a total of 600 bee boxes, providing 5-day training and equipment to the beneficiaries. Guidelines for providing a proper marketing platform were given to the competent officers of KVIC by the chairman. Kumar also instructed to prepare new guidelines for providing other necessary equipment along with the necessary tool kit being given to the beneficiaries at present and adopting advanced methods of honey extraction process and transportation of bee boxes.
Speaking on the occasion, Manoj Kumar appreciated such a creative initiative and said that involving youth with beekeeping would generate local employment. It will also contribute to increase India’s honey production which is the main objective of Honey Mission. “It is a great initiative. We have taken another step forward towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) by providing employment to unemployed youth in tribal and backward areas at their doorsteps,” he said.
He appreciated the work done by the women beneficiaries of 6 self-help groups (SHGs) working in sensitive and remote areas of the country. He also assured all possible help to these women beneficiaries. He assured that all the issues raised during the interaction with the beneficiaries would be resolved. He also asked to explore the possibility of extending the benefits of Honey Mission programme to retired army officers.
On the occasion, Vinit Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, KVIC said, “Beekeeping will not only increase India’s honey production but will also increase the income of beekeepers. In addition, products such as beeswax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom are also marketable and, therefore, a profitable proposition for the local people.”
The Honey Mission launched by KVIC aims to generate employment for farmers, tribals, women and unemployed youth by connecting them to beekeeping and increasing India’s honey production. KVIC has so far distributed 175,509 bee-boxes in different states of the country, which has increased to 176,209 after the distribution of 600 boxes today.
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