India has the potential of about 200 million bee colonies as against 3.4 million bee colonies today
Experts have found that beekeeping need not be restricted to honey and wax alone
NEW DELHI :
Bees could play a key role in doubling farmers’ income, a policy goal set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his economic advisors have said in a report released on Wednesday.
The report brought out by a panel led by Bibek Debroy, chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, explores ways to improve farm productivity and job creation, and makes a set of recommendations to scale up beekeeping activities in the country.
India ranked eighth in honey production in the world in 2017-18 with an output of 64,900 tonnes, while China stood first with a production of 551,000 tones, an official statement from the government said quoting Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) database.
“Based on the area under cultivation in India and bee forage crops, India has a potential of about 200 million bee colonies as against 3.4 million bee colonies today. Increasing the number of bee colonies will not only increase the production of bee-related products but will boost overall agricultural and horticultural productivity," said the statement.
Experts in the panel have found that beekeeping need not be restricted to honey and wax alone. Products such as pollen and bee venom are also saleable and can help boost farmers income.