Training programme on Beekeeping for Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainability
Beekeeping is an ideal low cost, eco-friendly enterprise which does not compete for resources of farming system that provides sustainable livelihood to the rural people. It generates employment for rural people. Maharashtra is rich in diverse flora and there is great scope for beekeeping. The potential of honeybees for pollination remains underutilized. Conservation of honeybees is important to realize the potential yield of several cross pollinated crops, hybrid seed production and in conservation of race and endemic species in the state. Of late honeybees are under great challenge of climate change. Due to the effects of climate change, trees are blooming earlier and changed in range and distribution of plants. Responses to climate change has required changing crop species, varieties and modified management of soils and water. Different agrochemicals used to kill new pests on crops have killed honeybee colonies. Proper conservation of honeybees in Maharashtra must be ensured to avoid pollination catastrophe so as to ensure food security. Keeping this in view, Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST) for “Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management (CSAWM)” and Department of Agril. Entomology, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri jointly organized the two day's training programme on “Beekeeping for Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainability” on 22-23 November, 2019 at Audio Visual Hall, Post Graduate Institute, MPKV, Rahuri. The resource persons for training programme were Mr. B. V. Apoorva, Founder and Director, HoneyDay Bee Farms Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore and Shri. P. R. Badriprasad, Entomologist, Agril. Extension Education Centre, Koppal District (Karnataka).
Thirty two participants including Scientists (Asstt. Professors), Subject Matter Specialists (KVK’s), SRA’s and Ph.D. students from the Department of Agril. Entomology.
During the training, participants learned the following topics which can be helpful for thir research farm
1. Create awareness regarding the ecological requirements and behavior of honey bees for
increasing crop yields.
2. Train young entomologists for strengthening agricultural units in their respective centers.