Conference Proceeding

Apiculture for Agricultural Diversification in India

Dr. Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja

In simpler terms, apiculture is both science and art of keeping the bees for the benefit of mankind, though in context to Indian beekeeping, the scope of apiculture has been broadened by a more recent comprehensive definition, ‘Beekeeping covers entire scope of management of honey bee resources, beekeeping practices, bee products, pollination services, and their interface with socio-economic, cultural, natural heritage and environmental integrity’. Fast paced adoption and the commercialization and industrialization of beekeeping in comparison with other agro based/ agricultural subsidiary occupations under Diversification in Agriculture is due to its low initial investment, high immediate returns from the sale of honey and bees wax and growth of the colonis, yielding profits in the very year of its start, requirement of very low cost technologies, non-requirement of any elaborated sheds, structures and land, suitable also for landless farmers, non-labour intensive, easier management practices, to be adopted by persons from all ages and walks of life irrespective of the gender, suitable also as a part time occupation, no offensive smell, fragrance disseminating, pollution free, giving several valuable products, and providing hiring service for crops’ pollination benefits, thus increasing crop yields and utilizing floral resources otherwise going unexploited and waste. India, being very rich in floral availability and diversity and diverse climatic conditions from north to south and east to west, offers a great potentiality of beekeeping enterprise.

Published: 08 November 2017


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