Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has its head “Honey Mission” By providing local employment opportunities to migrant workers through the program “Self-reliant India” Has made a significant leap towards The Minister of State for MSME, Pratap Chandra Sarangi distributed 700 bee boxes among 70 migrant workers in Saharanpur and Bulandshahar districts of Uttar Pradesh and thus provided them a livelihood opportunity under the Honey Mission.
These migrant workers – 40 from Saharanpur and 30 from Bulandshahr – had returned to their hometowns from states such as Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and COVID-19 were facing financial crisis due to the lockdown.
By prime minister “Self-reliant India” Following the call for, KVIC identified these workers, provided them with 5 days training for beekeeping and provided them with the necessary tool kits and bee boxes to undertake beekeeping activities.
The entire region of western Uttar Pradesh, with its abundance of flora, which includes a wide variety of crops, is an ideal area for honey production. Bee boxes were distributed at KVIC Training Center, Panjokera.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarangi lauded the initiative and said that the inclusion of these workers in bee keeping would create local employment; It will also contribute to boosting the honey production of India which is the main objective of the Honey Mission.
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“This is a major initiative. By providing migrant workers with employment at their doorstep, they will become self-reliant.”
Present on the occasion, KVIC President Vinay Kumar Saxena said that the involvement of migrant workers in bee keeping, by promoting local industries ‘Self-reliance’ There is a kind of alignment with the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for.
“Beekeeping will not only boost honey production in India but it will also increase the income of bee keepers. Apart from this, products like bee wax, pollen, gum, royal jelly and bee venom are also available in the market and hence, it is a profitable proposition for the locals. ”
Migrant workers, who were provided bee boxes and tool kits, expressed happiness at the government assistance and shared their experiences, saying they would no longer need to leave their homes to seek jobs in other states. Ankit Kumar, who returned to his hometown Saharanpur from Karnataka, said he was unemployed in the lockdown.
However, with the support provided by KVIC, he has now regained self-employment. Mohit, another migrant worker who works in Maharashtra, said that now he would not have to leave his family due to seeking a job in other cities and would be able to build a better livelihood for himself by joining the Honey Mission.
It is worth noting that the Honey Mission, launched 3 years ago by KVIC, aims to generate employment opportunities by promoting farmers, tribals, women and unemployed youth in bee-keeping and to promote honey production in India.
So far KVIC has distributed more than 1.35 lakh bee boxes in states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Tripura. This has benefited 13,500 people across the country, while producing around 8,500 metric tonnes of honey.