Chandigarh: With an aim to promote Beekeeping in the State, Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal on September 23, 2021, launched the Haryana Bee Keeping Policy-2021 and Action Plan 2021-2030. Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister JP Dalal was also present during the launch.
The CM directed the officers to aim to enhance the production of honey by 10 times by 2030. He also directed officers to motivate the farmers to start beekeeping and get 5000 new farmers to take up the initiative for which the State will provide help.
He said that the farmers involved in beekeeping will be encouraged to sow alternative crops like sunflower and mustard.
He said that the sale of honey and its by-products like Royal Jelly, Beewax, Propolis, Bee Pollen, and Bee Venom will enhance the income of the farmers many times over.
He also directed the officers to ensure to focus on small farmers to help increase their income through beekeeping. He said that private entrepreneurs should be encouraged to start businesses for manufacturing bee boxes and the department to monitor the quality of the boxes.
Director-General, Horticulture Department, Dr. Arjun Singh Saini gave a comprehensive presentation on Haryana Bee Keeping Policy-2021 and Action Plan 2021-2030.
He informed that Haryana stands at 7th place in honey production in the country and 4800 MT of honey is produced in Haryana.
The Chief Minister was apprised that various initiatives will be undertaken by the Department to promote beekeeping like establishing Honey Trade Centre, Village of Excellence, Testing Lab, etc. (Press Release)