Ac­cel­er­at­ing Bee­keep­ing for Live­stock Ex­ten­sion Agents

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Live­stock Ex­ten­sion Agents (LEA’s) from bee­keep­ing po­ten­tial ar­eas have suc­cess­fully at­tended a five days Train­ing of Train­ers (ToT) on mod­ern meth­ods of bee­keep­ing us­ing move­able frame hives from 5 to 9 June 2017 at Bumthang. The train­ing was hosted by NH-RDC Jakar in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Re­gional Live­stock De­vel­op­ment Cen­tres (RLDC’s) Wang­due and Tshi­masam with fund sup­port from Gov­ern­ment of In­dia (GoI).

The main ob­jec­tives of the train­ing were to build the pool of bee­keep­ing ex­pert at the ge­wog level who will be able to im­part the ba­sic train­ing to farm­ers in their re­spec­tive ar­eas. With this it is ex­pected that the short­age of trained bee fo­cal per­son will be mit­i­gated up to some ex­tent and bee­keep­ing de­vel­op­ment is taken to greater heights.

In to­tal 17 LEA’s had par­tic­i­pated in the train­ing pro­gram which com­prises both the­ory and prac­ti­cal ses­sions. To briefly sum­marise, the five days train­ing in­cluded top­ics such as- var­i­ous bee species of Bhutan, sea­sonal man­age­ment of honey bees and mar­ket­ing as­pects. It is felt that such train­ing in the fu­ture will con­trib­ute in bee­keep­ing de­vel­op­ment at large.

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