Is­rael sup­ports bee­keep­ing project

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The "Launch­ing Cer­e­mony of Bee­keep­ing Project" of the Is­raeli INGO, Tevel b'Tzedek, was held on 20 Septem­ber. The project is be­ing sup­ported by MASHAV-Is­rael's Agency for De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion through the Em­bassy of Is­rael in Nepal. The pro­posal sub­mit­ted by a MASHAV Alumni, Pradeep Ne­u­pane, who at­tended the MASHAV course on “Mod­ern Api­cul­ture Man­age­ment: Honey, Byprod­ucts and Pol­li­na­tion” in 2016, suc­ceeded in get­ting the MASHAV sup­port of NRs. 1 mil­lion. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, a short video pre­sen­ta­tion about the project was shown. There was a poster pre­sen­ta­tion and the demo on us­ing bee-hive equip­ment. The pro­gram con­cluded with the joy­ous event of dip­ping ap­ple in the honey to evoke sweet New Year co­in­cid­ing with the Jewish New Year-Rosh Hashana and Nepali fes­ti­val-Dashain. Ex­press­ing hap­pi­ness to see the suc­cess of the project, Hanan Goder, former am­bas­sador of Is­rael said, “The work that Tevel b'Tzedek is do­ing is very im­por­tant be­cause, it is do­ing Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment. The di­rect in­volve­ment of farm­ers in the project is worth men­tion­ing as it's a rare co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the state, the INGO and the pri­vate sec­tor.” He fur­ther men­tioned, “Agri­cul­ture is not a hobby. It's a pro­fes­sion and busi­ness. You in­vest thus, you get re­turn.” Dr. Bishnu Cha­pa­gain, Coun­try Di­rec­tor of TEVEL NEPAL said, “If agri­cul­ture goes wrong, noth­ing will be right. Bee is a ben­e­fi­cial in­sect, very ef­fec­tive for plant pol­li­na­tion and its prod­uct is highly nu­tri­tious and medic­i­nal value”. Pradeep Ne­u­pane, Agricu­lu­ture Pro­gram Co­or­di­na­tor of Nyayik Sansar and MASHAV Alumni said, “Bee Keep­ing is a very im­por­tant busi­ness for ru­ral com­mu­nity which has a ca­pac­ity to up­lift their so­cioe­co­nomic con­di­tion.' Un­der this project, 46 farm­ers from de­prived com­mu­ni­ties with lim­ited tra­di­tional bee­keep­ing knowl­edge are get­ting ben­e­fit­ted who will get a Spe­cial 10 Days Long Bee­keep­ing prac­ti­cal ori­ented ad­vanced train­ing later. Each trained farmer re­ceives 3 Apis­mellif­era bee colonies with mod­ern bee hives along with nec­es­sary tools for mod­ern bee keep­ing. These bee keep­ers will con­stantly men­tored by project Bee Tech­ni­cians and Bee Ex­pert on farm level. Nec­es­sary train­ing and ex­po­sure visits will also be made avail­able to the bee keep­ers for honey har­vest­ing, pro­cess­ing and mar­ket­ing. This project has ex­pected that each bee keeper will earn ad­di­tional in­come of Rs 100,000 per year and their bee colonies reached 20by the end of the project pe­riod. Su­na­p­ati Gau­pa­lika is rec­og­nized as Or­ganic Honey Pro­duc­ing Area in Ramech­hap. Within a three year pe­riod there will be at least 100 com­mer­cial bee keep­ers.

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