Department of Tribal Affairs sponsors beekeeping event to empower unemployed tribal youth
Post by RK News on Sunday, April 16, 2023
Srinagar, Apr 15: The Research and Training Centre for Pollinators Pollinizers and Pollination Management (RTCPPPM), Division of Entomology SKUAST-K, Shalimar hosted an event on Saturday to distribute honey bee colonies and beekeeping kits and tools to Tribal Unemployed Youth of ChateBanday Village in Bandipora and ShalnardSagam Village in Anantnag.
The event, titled "Developing Beekeeping as Livelihood in Tribal Community at ChateBanday Village of Bandipora and Empowerment of Unemployed Tribal Youth of ShalnardSagam District Anantnag," was sponsored by the Department of Tribal Affairs. The Chief Guest at the event was Dr. Nazir Ahmad Ganie, Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Kashmir, and the Guest of Honour was Mr. Mohd. Haroon Malik, Secy. Deptt. Of Tribal Affairs GoJK.
Seventy-Five (75) Tribal Youth, fifty from ChateBanday Bandipora and twenty-five from ShalnardSagam Anantnag, who had been imparted 5/7 days Training Programme on Beekeeping at RTCPPPM, Division of Entomology SKUAST-K, were presented with 150 honey bee colonies, beekeeping kits, and tools.
The event was attended by Pro. S.A. Wani, Dean, FoH Shalimar, Head, Division of Entomology, Principal Investigators (Dr. Parveena Bano & Dr. Sajad A Ganie), other faculty of SKUAST-K, Civil Society members of Bandipora and Anantnag, and PRIs.
During the event, Vice Chancellor Prof. Ganai encouraged the beneficiaries to start their own beekeeping unit and become successful entrepreneurs to improve their economic condition. He appreciated the Principal Investigators and other Scientists associated with the project and Head, Division of Entomology for organizing the successful event for the benefit of beekeepers and farming community. He also thanked the Department of Tribal Affairs (Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir) for funding the project and acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the non-teaching staff working at Pollination Centre day and night.
The event marked an important step towards the development of beekeeping as a livelihood option for the tribal communities of ChateBanday Village in Bandipora and ShalnardSagam Village in Anantnag, and is expected to create new opportunities for economic growth and development in the region.