Bhubaneswar: The integration of beekeeping with floriculture, a component of CSIR’s floriculture mission, is implemented in convergence with Khadi’s Honey Mission program and the Village Industries Commission. As part of this convergence, CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) donates tuberose, marigold, rose and jasmine saplings and KVIC provides Beehives with bee colonies, iron support, toolkit and beekeeping training to beneficiaries of 6 SHGs in Odisha.
100 hives with bee colonies, iron stand and 10 tool kits were distributed today to 10 members of Maa Jenadei SHG in Harekrushnapur village of Dhenkanal district. 2000 tuberose sapling bulbs were also distributed to the beneficiaries in the presence of Shri Samir Kumar Mohanty, State Director, KVIC, Shri BN Panda, Deputy Director, KVIC, Dr. Chandra Shekhar Mohanty, Principal Senior Scientist, Dr. Soumit Kumar Behera, Principal Scientist CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, Ms Gitashree Padhi, Deputy Director, Horticulture Dhenkanal, Shri Nirod Jena, Deputy Director General, ORMAS, Dhenkanal and Shri Chittaranjan Puhan, Master Beekeeping Trainer.
Shri Mohanty, State Director, KVIC, said Harekrushnapur village, located at the foothills of Kapilas Wildlife Sanctuary, having diverse flora, is very suitable for beekeeping. He advised beekeepers to focus on producing more bee colonies. Ms. Gitashree Padhy, HRD, said the Department of Horticulture will purchase tuberous rose seedlings from beneficiaries for distribution to other locations. Dr. Chandra Shekhar Mohanty of NBRI said integrating beekeeping with floriculture will improve the incomes of the beneficiaries.